I just want to give a shoutout to this guy because he has worked so incredibly hard and has come so far.
On November 30, 2011, James’ life changed forever when he was in a car on person accident resulting in the loss of his left leg above the knee and part of his right foot. On that day, this 21 year old man became a bilateral amputee.
He has been a patient with us since early 2012. I will never forget the moment he first stood up on his left prosthesis, his right lower leg was still in an external fixator and he was non-weight bearing on it. Since then, we have been through many ups and downs; multiple prosthetic devices and changes, several surgeries and procedures, and enough Physical Therapy to last anyone 2 lifetimes.
Through all the hills and valleys, this guy has never given up. He has pushed through and worked hard. He has continued to impress me through it all from doing 50 dips with both prostheses on to killing me with every push-up or sit-up challenge we have. We had always made walking 1 mile without sitting his ultimate goal. During his treatment, we came close to meeting that goal several times, but then something would always set us back (another prosthetic change, another surgery). However, on 03/30/2017 we finally achieved that goal, AND in RECORD TIME! He was able to walk 1 mile in 22min without rest. Since then, we have reached our ultimate goal of discharging from Physical Therapy (PT). To say I am proud is an understatement. He deserves every single goal that he has met. He has been an inspiration to all of us and I know he will continue to do amazing things.
Keep up the awesome work, James!
About the Author
Adrian Baker, DPT, PRC, is one of only 5 Postural Restoration Certified Physical Therapists in the state of Georgia and has a special interest in Pediatric Physical Therapy. When asked what she loves most about her job, she said, “There’s nothing like teaching a little kid how to walk for the first time.” Adrian enjoys spending her free time with friends & family and coming up with all kinds of concoctions using essential oils. Relaxation for her is anything from being outside to a good Netflix binge. She and husband, Jason, will celebrate their 10th anniversary of marriage in July. Together, they have two boys: Bryant (5) and Beau (2) and a pet cat and dog.