Center for Prosthetics Orthotics, Inc.|Seattle|Bellevue|Kirkland

Glenn Barfield

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Tell us the story of your injury and amputation.

I was riding my motorcycle up Efendahl Pass Road which I had only been up once before. The road went up hill and then leveled out at which point the Belfair-Tahuya Road intersected it. Someone had stolen the stop signs and being unfamiliar with the road I didn’t realize I was in an intersection until I was hit by the pick up truck on the Belfair-Tahuya Road. I sat up after being thrown 35 feet, realized my leg was severed and started to perform checks to see if there was any other injuries. There weren’t. I was flown to Harborview Hospital in Seattle, where I was told my leg couldn’t be saved. I knew that and told them to hurry up and get on with things.

What type of prosthetic device are you wearing?

I wear a Proprio Foot.

“Have faith in yourself.”

Do you have any advice to share with new patients in similar situations?

Have faith in yourself.

Is there a resource that was helpful to you during your recovery?

My family.

How has your prosthesis changed your life?

The Proprio Foot has removed the pain of walking up hills, slopes, stairs and more.

Glenn founded and publishes Amputee News, which provides the latest news about, for and by amputees.

 

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Michael Dreyer

“Being able to talk about your situation is so important. Being an amputee is not easy, but you're not alone. Take what you have been given and fulfill your dreams and goals.”

Bronson (The Magnificent)

“Although it is very difficult to see your infant in casts and undergo surgery, focus on the end result - your child will be able to walk, skip, and run.”

Per Jensen

“Have a positive attitude and try to live as normally as possible, doing what you want to do.”

Emma Meyers

“Families, remember that you are your child's best advocate.”

Brett Wolfe

“Know what you want to do with your prostheses and understand you own skills and limits.”

Amina Nawaz

“I am happy... I hope everyone who has this [procedure] can be happy and enjoy life again.”

Lori McPhetridge

“Being able to walk again has been one of the greatest things to happen to me and it is getting better all the time.”

Ron Hoeffer

“My prosthesis has given me my self-esteem back and the ability to hold a job.”