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In November 2014, Amanda Flores Bordoy was initially diagnosed with the flu after suffering from aches and a terrible sore throat. Her symptoms worsened and she was rushed to the hospital, where they discovered she had undiagnosed strep throat, leading to sepsis—a condition in which the kidneys begin to shut down after the immune system is overwhelmed from infection. To save her life, doctors had to amputate all four of her limbs.
Now Amanda volunteers as a peer ambassador, investing in and encouraging other people with limb loss to achieve their mobility goals and life dreams.
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Yvonne Llanes lost her legs to an accident in 2005, and spent the next nine years in a wheelchair.
After attending BAKA Bootcamp in 2015, she made it a goal of to face her challenges and get up and walk! She's now an active prosthetic user.
"I'm hoping that by seeing what I'm doing and by seeing how far I've come in my journey, they can see that they can do it as well. It is possible to get up again," she said.
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After collapsing at a gas station in 2015, Nicole awoke from an induced coma to learn that both of her legs had been amputated above the knee. She attended BAKA Bootcamp in 2016, where she was inspired to regain her mobility and leave her wheelchair.
She's been wheelchair-free since April 2016, and went back to school to become a nurse. She now volunteers as a mentor to young amputees and children with limb differences at Camp No Limits.
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A typical teenager in Brazil, Pedro studied and participated in sports with his friends, until a meningitis diagnosis in 2009 led to the amputation of all four of his limbs.
He sought advice and guidance wherever it was available, determined to live independently. Just ten months after leaving the hospital, the strength he never knew he had emerged and he gave up the wheelchair never to sit in one again.
Today, Pedro lives independently in Florida using his prosthetics for mobility and practicality.
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Kevin M. Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP/D
Kevin Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP/D, is an accomplished healthcare professional with over 35 years as a practicing prosthetist, visionary researcher, and skilled educator. As Vice President of Prosthetics for Hanger Clinic, he travels nationally and internationally presenting scientific symposiums and managing clinics for difficult prosthetic cases.
Kevin is an American Board Certified Prosthetist and has been named a Fellow with Distinction of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, one of the highest honors of the profession. He also received the honor of Doctor of Humane Letters from Quinnipiac University for his humanitarian work.
Kevin is the co-developer of the patented the Hanger Clinic ComfortFlex® Socket System and co-developed the first prosthetic tail for Winter the Dolphin with his colleague, Dan Strzempka. Winter's story debuted on Sept. 23, 2011, in a 3D feature film, "Dolphin Tale," starring Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, and Harry Connick Jr. He has appeared on news broadcasts such as "Dateline," "20/20," "CBS Early Show," "NBC Nightly News," ABC's "Good Morning America," and the Discovery Channel.
Nancy Snyder, LCPO
Nancy Snyder, LCPO, has been working with bilateral above-knee patients and their rehabilitation since 2009. Over the past 15 years, she has taken a deeper interest in helping female amputees overcome challenges they face in regards to anatomy, physical, social and emotional well-being. This has grown and extended into the realm of female bilateral above-knee amputees by helping them resolve and embrace the road that lies ahead of them.
Nancy earned her orthotics certification at Northwestern University Medical School in 1999 and prosthetic certification in 2000. She has been with the Hanger Clinic family since 1996 and developed the pediatric program in Gainesville, Georgia, and has presented at a variety of leadership and learning classes in her local area.
Matthew Luetke, CPO
Matthew Luetke, CPO, is the Area Clinic Manager of Hanger Clinic at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Matt completed orthotic and prosthetic studies at Northwestern University School of Medicine and has practiced for 18 years, specializing in lower and upper limb prostheses. His area of expertise is working with trauma and pediatric amputees as well as bilateral above-knee amputees. Matt frequently lectures to therapists, case managers, and physician residents.