Patients In the News
Lauren Scruggs nearly died when she was hit by a spinning plane propellor in December 2011. She suffered traumatic brain injury, and the loss of her left hand and her left eye. As she recovered, Lauren began using two prostheses, one designed specifically for swimming, and another for workouts and boxing. She also has two cosmetically finished prosthetic hands: a passive custom silicone restoration and a myoelectric hand with custom silicone restoration.
Chef Eduardo Garcia elevates cooking and eating into the realm of adventure. His recipe? Go outside and gather your meal from the bounty of nature that surrounds you. His techniques include hunting, foraging, fishing, cooking over a wood fire, and serving up gourmet gastronomic discoveries on a slab of natural rock or wood. And that's exactly what Eduardo was doing—foraging for food in the wilds of Montana— when seemingly out of nowhere, he was electrocuted.
Merlyna Adams survived the unthinkable: a near-fatal infection that led to the amputation of both hands and both feet. Today, her morning routine includes putting on four prosthetic limbs and heading out to a Louisiana elementary school where she is the principle. An inspiration to all she meets, Merlyna is truly amazing!
Jason Koger was driving a four-wheeler on his family's farm in 2008 when he ran into a downed power line that held 7800 volts of electricity. Both hands were severely burned and had to be amputated in order to save his life. An avid outdoorsman, Jason now relies on two sets of prostheses: body-powered arms with hooks for hunting and working on the farm, and multiarticulating i-limb ultra revolution hands for more lifelike appearance and movement.
Amber Peterson was born without her right hand, but watching her play sports today, you probably wouldn’t even notice. Beginning around age 5, with the help of custom, activity-specific prostheses, Amber was able to use her right “hand” to play the violin, swing the bat for Tee-Ball, swim with both hands and play with her friends. Currently, her active 5th grade lifestyle includes bicycling, basketball, baseball, tennis, soccer and more.
When Brooke Davis became pregnant in the summer of 2011, she and her husband Jim were ecstatic. An ultrasound at 20 weeks confirmed that the Davis' were going to have a son---but it also revealed some serious health concerns about their baby. Doctors explained to Brooke and Jim that their son's arms had not fully developed and that he did not have forearms or hands. They were also told that the baby might not survive, but the Davis' remained very optimistic.