Teen gets new prosthesis

Dozens of children and adults with lower limb loss gained new skills this weekend including a local 16 year old. Like anyone with a disability the adjustment can be hard, but a surprise gift he received changed his perspective on what he's able to do now.

Posted: Sep. 15, 2018 7:54 PM
Updated: Sep. 17, 2018 8:37 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- A free clinic is helping recent and long time amputees achieve their running and mobility goals.
Whether it's learning to walk again, or getting their speed skills up in sprinting, Ossur Running and Mobility Clinic is making it happen for the people here including 16 year old Clark August.

"Clark’s prosthesis is an adaptive prosthesis. It's allowing him to do things at work, at home, but also allows him to be active," Regional Clinical Specialist David Mitchell said.

August was surprised with a new prosthesis that will allow him to run and do most of the things he was doing before his sledding accident last year.

It's not only been a challenge for him, but his parents to get him back to where he was. It's his positivity that inspires them.

"He just goes with it to do whatever he needs to do to accomplish his goal," his mother Katie August said.

That determination resulted in a new prosthesis thanks to a grant through the Challenge Athletes Foundation.

It usually can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $50,000 to get one.

The donation taught his father Darryl August something he wants to share with other parents.

"Allow people to help you. You need a support staff. It's more the person going through the affliction not on their own. Neither are the parents," he said.

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