Life has thrown so many curve balls at Allie Coetzee, but he has not lost his spirit in any of these challenges!
He was amputated 2 years ago, above the knee, which for an older person is a huge set back in life.
I met Allie last year August and he hardly had enough strength to stand long enough for my team to take measurements.
We had several fittings to get him comfortable and stable enough to walk.
Just as things got better, he had to undergo surgery to remove a neuroma and bony overgrowth on his femur. That was a setback again, and it took him 6 weeks to recover.
He started walking again and then got a bad allergic reaction from his blood pressure medication.
I saw him early January again, and had to do a refit, as his residual limb had lost a lot of volume!
Allie is now happy man, who can walk with a cane and live a more independent life.
Every so often Allie came to the point where he wanted to quit and buy a wheelchair; but today his positive spirit and attitude has pushed him through to where he is now.
We will supply his final prosthesis later this week!
Well done Allie!