Reaching Out: Global Humanitarian & Education Initiatives - August 2007

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Rotary: Changing Lives in Developing Countries
By Sherry Metzger


Vairo Chavez, a young Guatemalan man, hadn't been able to work since becoming a bilateral BK and AK amputee after he was electrocuted while working on a construction site. Emine Yuzay, a Turkish woman born without arms, would watch as her nine bro...

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Feature

CPI: Clearing the Way for a Safer Future
By Brady Delander


Will and determination help expand worldly mission of Clear Path International. James Hathaway was late for his flight-"of course," he says-when he saw his opportunity. Imbert Matthee was deep in the jungles of Vietnam when the purpose of his effo...

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Feature

ISPO: Painting a Brighter Picture for P&O Education Worldwide
By Miki Fairley


In 1970, a new development began to fuel better care worldwide for persons who suffer from neuromuscular and skeletal impairments. A group of farsighted rehabilitation professionals, including surgeons, prosthetists/orthotists, physical and occupa...

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Today's Consumer

St. Louis Smiles: Humanitarian Efforts Changing One Life at a Time
By Sherry Metzger


After a tragic accident left both of his arms severely burned, Kesmy St. Louis underwent a double amputation. St.

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Feature

Guides Tackle Challenges Facing O&P Services


The state of prosthetics and orthotics services is in serious need of attention in low-income countries, where the services have remained in a stagnant or declining condition for years. This fact is no secret, and the issue was examined at length...

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Feature

Form and Function: New Hand Looks, Acts Like the Real Thing
By Karen Henry


When John German's left arm was amputated below the elbow in 1987, he initially resisted the idea that he could no longer be left-handed. German, who had undergone 17 surgeries-one of which almost cost him his life-suffered from thoracic outlet sy...

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Perspective

How to Be a Rock Star
By Paul Prusakowski, CPO, FAAOP


Last weekend I was thinking aboutsome of the most notable humanitarian aid awareness initiativesthat have occurred over the last few decades. Farm Aid, Live Aid,and USA for Africa are just a few that came to mind quickly. Iremember watching all th...

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Outside In

Diabetes Education: Meeting the Challenge for Your Patients
By Miki Fairley


Diabetes is a disease that can be controlled-or greatly exacerbated-by a patient's overall lifestyle. It's a disease that calls strongly for healthcare professionals to look at the "whole person," not just the aspect of the patient's health they a...

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Industry Review

ACA Annual Conference Exceeds Attendance Projections
By Karen Henry


"I am here to motivate and inspire you."- Al Mead Motivation and inspiration are the hallmarks of the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) Annual Conference , and this year was no exception. More than 800 people-first-timers and seasoned ACA C...

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Innovations

'Robotic Tendon’ Puts Spring Back in Steps
By Miki Fairley


New device could provide amputees with a more powerful stride. When complete, the aptly nicknamed SPARKy device- short for Spring Ankle with Regenerative Kinetics-is expected to provide functionality with enhanced ankle motion and push-off power c...

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Residency Report

Making the Sale and Securing a Residency
By Ronald A. Roiz, MSPO


Securing a residency started at an ideal time-midterms! Having been eager to figure out where I would be living after graduation, I dialed countless phone numbers from the start of the school year. However, it wasn't until sometime in February bef...

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Sports

Sports News


Pistorius' Saga Takes Turn Oscar Pistorius of South Africa performs in the men's 400m during the Norwich Union Grand Prix at the Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield, England. Photo: ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images It should have been a celebration f...

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Face to Face

Five Questions for Rhonda F. Turner


Rhonda F. Turner, PhD, MBA, JD, CFM, BOCPO , is a self-proclaimed Parrot Head with a lifelong passion for medicine and an unquenchable desire for new challenges. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Jimmy Buffett fan worked as an emergency m...

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Progress on Parity

Portrait of an Activist: Sean Brame
By Morgan Sheets


Sheets and Brame The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) has made a great deal of progress over the past year in the fight for prosthetic parity. Seven states now have laws in place, including Oregon, and there are 28 additional states that are cu...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Denials are difficult to identify andtime-consuming to appeal. With competitive bidding, mandatoryaccreditation, aging technology, and increased billing errors,running an O&P shop gets more complicated each year. Count onGot FAQs?' to help you sor...

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Letters

Letters to the Editor


Thanks for the Memories I have just finished reading the April 2007 edition of The O&P EDGE and could not rest because of the memories that it brought to mind. Thank you. I have been involved in prosthetics since 1936, when my fathe...

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Viewpoint

Where to Begin?
By Karen Henry


In this issue we take a look at O&P and humanitarian and education efforts in developing countries around the world. On the surface, this seems cut-and-dried enough, but when we dug a little deeper, we started asking ourselves, "Where to begin?...

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