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Lori McPhetridge

Lori McPhetridge Lori McPhetridge Lori McPhetridge

Tell us the story of your injury and amputation.

I got a sore on my right big toe and due to undiagnosed diabetes, it did not heal. By the time I went to the doctor, it was too late to save my foot. It took four procedures over two weeks, plus three weeks in the hospital to clear up the infection. They were afraid they wouldn’t be able to save my knee. Thankfully they were able to save it.

What type of prosthetic device are you wearing?

Part of the leg below the knee and the right foot.

“My resource through all of this has been my family and friends, and my medical personnel.”

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

My advice is to follow the directions of your medical personnel. They know what they are doing. Also, get up on your foot and use your walker as much as possible. It will make you stronger, faster. You should be ready for your prosthesis when you get it.

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

My resource through all of this has been my family and friends, and my medical personnel.

How has your prosthesis changed your life?

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

What are some achievements you’ve reached since your amputation?

My achievement now is being able to walk mostly without aid. My goal is to be able to walk three miles again some day.

Is there any other information you’d like to share?

I just want to thank everyone who has helped me through this time!

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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.”

Glenn Barfield

“I sat up after being thrown 35 feet and realized my leg was severed.”

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.”

Ron Hoeffer

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