Real Life Prosthetics™ helps amazing people live their lives to the fullest every day. This is a collection of those real life stories.
My name is Matt McCluskey, and I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. I was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a malignant cancerous bone tumor that affects children, at the young age of 14 years old. The diagnosis resulted in a left leg below-knee amputation.
My name is Wayne, and I am 48 years old. On April 11, 1998, at the age of 34, I was in a motorcycle accident. That was the day my life changed. After hitting a car on my motorcycle I was airlifted to a hospital where I was told that I had two broken legs, a broken arm, and a broken jaw.
My name is Alisa and 32 years of age I became a below the knee amputee. My story is not like most. I don’t have a disease that results in limb loss, nor was I in an accident. My amputation is a result of a high school basketball injury.
My name is Jessica and I was born in Russia-- Irkutsk, Siberia actually-- without proper bone structure in my lower legs. I didn't have fibulas, ankles, heels or most of the other bones in my feet. I lived in an orphanage until my parents adopted me and brought me to the U.S.
My name is Russ and on the morning of November 17, 1995 while traveling to work I was hit head on by another vehicle. When I awoke some 21 days later I learned I had lost my left leg above the knee due to complications during and after surgery from a ruptured aorta.
I can begin by being honest and saying that life will never be the same. I can also say that life is now what you decide to make of it. Just because you loose a limb, does not mean that is over. In fact, you have just begun a new journey of your life.
My story begins in April 2001 when I received a lisfranc fracture in my right foot after slipping off a curb and breaking other bones in my foot. My injury resulted in a right leg amputee.
I had always viewed an amputation as an end to my active lifestyle. I loved all kind of sports as a kid and was especially good at running. In the 2nd grade, every morning my twin brother and I used to get up early before school and run a mile to train for track and field. As a kid, I also dreamed about being on the high school's basketball team. However, my young sports career came to a fast halt after being diagnosed with bone cancer at the young age of 12 years old.