Katy Sullivan was born a bilateral, transfemoral amputee – missing both legs through her femur bones. Ultra sounds were not the norm back in the 70’s when Katy was born, so the first indication that there was a problem was when Katy’s mom was in the hospital in the pains of labor.
Mrs. Sullivan was given anesthesia, but she knew something was amiss before she went under. When she awoke, looking at her husband, wanting to know what happened, she asked him to tell her the truth. He told her Katy was born without her lower legs. Incredulously, she stared at her husband and said, “That’s it?” And, that’s been Katy’s mantra ever since. The absence of her lower legs certainly hasn’t held her back.
In Katy's words, "No, is not a possibility."
At Hanger Clinic, we constantly strive to help our patients improve their quality of life and regain their self-confidence. From prostheses to braces to orthotic shoes, we are empowering human potential with our unrivaled products and services.
This first ever orthotronic device, which combines the science of
mechatronics with custom orthotics, is helping people walk, despite
paralysis due to incomplete spinal cord injury, post-polio syndrome, and
other debilitating physical conditions.
The C-Brace adapts to changing walking speeds, permits walking down stairs step-over-step and improves safety in stumbling situations. The wearer no longer has to constantly focus on the ground while walking and is once again able to appreciate their surroundings with no restrictions.
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The élan is a new microprocessor-controlled hydraulic foot from Endolite that uses patented microprocessor-controlled technology to provide real time, simultaneous adjustments as the user walks, allowing for a smoother gait without thought from the user. It is designed to adapt dynamically to provide assistance when walking on a variety of surfaces and changing gait speeds.The élan provides assistance in forward progression and a brake effect when walking down an incline, resulting in optimized momentum and security for the user. This allows the user to perform daily routines that include negotiating uneven terrain, slopes and ramps, all with less effort, increased stability, and greater confidence.
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Few parts of the human body are as important and complex as our hands. Thanks to four movable fingers and a thumb that can be separately positioned, the Michelangelo® Hand offers innovative, never-before-seen gripping kinematics giving those with upper extremity limb loss new degrees of freedom and restoring numerous hand functions for the user.
Life becomes a little easier when you’ve got a friend who really understands.