Crawling was Better than Crutches for this Below Knee Amputee, Until He Found iWALK2.0
Below knee amputees have been known to use crutches, knee scooters, or even crawl before receiving their permanent prosthetic. Now they use the iWALK2.0! Amputees praise iWALK2.0 as a transition device to get walking months before their permanent prosthetic is available; and they use it after receiving their permanent prosthetic when they can’t or just don’t want to use their prosthetic. Matt, is a concrete contractor whose life changed twice: first when he discovered he was going to have below knee amputation and again when he discovered the iWALK2.0. His story is one of incredible determination and perseverance, and we love being a part of this below knee amputees story!
iWALK2.0 Helps Determined Concrete Contractor Get Back on His Feet and Ready to Work!
Matt Phillips is a recent below knee amputee. Knowing that he would lose a portion of his lower limb was mind numbing; however, Matt figured that he would be able to return to his career as a concrete contractor with a prosthetic. What he didn’t realize was that it generally takes months to be properly fitted for a permanent prosthetic and complications from surgery would extend Matt’s waiting period.
Disability insurance seemed like a viable option to bridge the income gap between the operation and returning to work, but there were questions about whether or not his amputation would classify him as disabled. Knowing that it would take months to be approved for disability insurance, if he even qualified, Matt had no choice but to return to work only a week after he was released from the hospital and long before receiving his permanent prosthetic.
A determined and hard-working individual by nature, Matt was committed. Crutches were a barrier to work, so Matt resorted to working on his knees and crawling around the concrete pours to earn a paycheck. Recognizing his overall lack of mobility and decreased efficiency, Matt realized that his job was in jeopardy. He became increasingly pessimistic and very concerned about his ability to provide for his family.
Moved by his will to keep his family afloat and watching him suffer internally from the humiliation related to crawling rather than walking, Matt’s mother searched for something that would give him back his mobility. After reading multiple articles and performing infinite web searches, she ran across iWALK2.0, the revolutionary hands-free crutch utilized by people with below-knee injuries that require them to be non-weight bearing for a period of time.
After watching multiple user videos and researching the device, Matt’s mom figured she had nothing to lose and ordered the iWALK2.0. If she could help her son get back to work, on two legs, without using crutches, he might not face unemployment. She immediately sent him a video of a person using the iWALK2.0, and he viewed it with his boss at the job site. Noting that Matt’s work production had deteriorated since his return, they decided together that it was worth giving it a try.
Hesitant at first, after a few brief minutes of walking on the iWALK2.0, Matt ecstatically recognized that his mobility would be restored. Crawling or using crutches would be a thing of the past! He would be able to walk around the job site, be proud of the paycheck he earned, and most importantly, not worry about the ability to provide for his family.
Matt now owns 2 iWALK2.0’s, reserving one for work and one for home. The iWALK2.0 he uses for work takes a beating – Matt sometimes has to chip the dried concrete from the aluminum support.
Matt has finally been fitted for his permanent prosthetic, 5 months after his surgery! He’s been back at work in his full capacity for 4 months because of the iWALK2.0! While he gets used to his sometimes painful prosthetic, Matt is happily utilizing his iWALK2.0, noting that it’s much easier to clean and much less costly to replace than the permanent prosthetic. The iWALK2.0 changed his life, enabling him to get back to work, support his family, regain independence, and have a positive outlook on his post-surgery life.