Double the Trouble- Transplants Saving Lives

13 09 2012

There are many reasons why people live out their lives missing one or more of their limbs. Sometimes a serious accident occurs where it is just impossible to save. Other times it is a disease or an injury that eliminates the possibility of re-attaching that part of the body. In the case of Katy Hayes, a flesh-eating bacteria was the cause of the amputation of not just one arm or one leg, but all four limbs. 

Hayes is only 44 and resides in Texas. As a mother of three children and a career in massage therapy, she relies heavily on the use of her hands and feet. After the bacteria got a hold of her, she found herself a quadruple amputee. Living life without any arms or legs may seem unbearable, but there is hope on the horizon. Hayes was recently approved to be the first person in the United States to get not just one, but a double arm transplant.

The infection started two years ago, and doctors said she would probably not survive the ordeal. Fortunately, enough nerve and muscle was saved and the transplant is possible due to the fact that the amputation occurred about mid-bicep. If successful, the surgery will allow her to bend her elbows and lift herself out of a wheelchair. Image

Because so little has been done on research and surgeries in this field, there’s no way of determining a statistical probability that this will succeed. One similar procedure occurred in Germany, however the results were not disclosed. Being formally approved, the surgery is planned to happen soon and attempt to return to her the independence that she once had. 

There may not be many statistics on double arm transplants, but there are quite a few on amputation in general. The top four causes of amputation in the United States are congenital, cancer, trauma, and dysvascular.Flesh-eating bacteria, which is not one of the most common causes by far, is a rare infection of the deeper layers of the skin. It spreads quite rapidly and release toxins which cause destruction of the tissue. It is a serious threat, because as you can see it does so much harm to humans. 

Hayes’ surgery is being planned and we plan to follow it every step of the way. We here at Advantec support many of our clients who work in the medical fields. One of our clients, AMBUCS, even helps to create bicycles for children that enable the use of peddling with their hands so those with disabilities can enjoy the same physical joys as those without them. Many clients also work in the assisted living and personal care industries, helping people with disabilities to overcome challenges and live the life they always dreamed of. 

For more information on Katy Hayes’ case, visit her family blog. For more information on Advantec Software and how we can help YOUR organization, visit us at www.findsocialservicesoftware.com!

 

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Unlimbited Possibilities

7 09 2012

As a company who supports clients that provide aid to the disabled, one of our favorite things to do at Advantec is to read stories of those overcoming their physical capabilities. Thanks to science, technology, and generous strangers, people all across the world are learning to not only live with disabilities, but to tear down the barriers they create and excel in a field that they are passionate about. 

 

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One such story that touches our heart is that of Ryder, a three year old boy from Buffalo, New York. Ryder is a little boy with aspirations of becoming a hockey player. In utero, Ryder’s leg stopped growing, and at just one year old his parents made the difficult decision of choosing to have his leg amputated. Playing hockey is hard enough with both limbs, so they were at a loss for what to do.

Despite the physical challenge, Ryder excelled at Hockey! However, his leg wouldn’t twist on the ice, capping his abilities and putting a halt to his talent. In February, in hopes of inspiring someone through her son and beginning a foundation, Ryder’s mother, Mindy, posted a YouTube video. Thousands saw it and became inspired by the little boy’s passion and determination. Miraculously, someone who wished to remain anonymous saw the story and contacted the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. That generous stranger paid for a trip to the Windy City and two prosthetic legs for the young boy.

One of the legs is waterproof, so Ryder can swim or shower with two limbs. Another is a leg specially made for the purpose of playing hockey, so now he can skate more easily. 

The boy’s parents, overwhelmed with gratitude, even began a foundation they named Unlimbited. They want to raise money to help provide prosthetic limbs to other children like their son so they can have the same abilities as Ryder. They even were considering starting a limb bank so those who cannot afford limbs can share them with others.A local hockey team, the Buffalo Sabres, also reached out and Ryder even got the chance to skate with them!

Ryder’s story is among many that can give us strength and hope about life. Disabilities really can’t be classified as disabilities anymore- not with all of the technology and generous organizations that are slowly turning physical barriers into a thing of the past.

For more information about this young boy’s journey, visit Ryder’s Video. To see some of our clients who work in similar industries, or to learn about how Advantec plays a part in helping those with disabilities, visit our webpage!





Inspirational Performance From a Double Amputee

13 08 2012

Working in an industry that deals with Mental Health and Personal Care and Assistance, we were overwhelmed with emotion when we saw Oscar Pistorius compete for South Africa in the 4×400-meter relay in the Olympic games. Since 11 months old, he was a double amputee, being born without a fibulae.

Moments like this are inspirational to all of us, especially us here at Advantec Information Systems. We care deeply about the facilities that we provide software to, most of which work with patients who have disabilities similar to those of Pistorius. We do, however, strive to make the word “disability” non-existent. With the proper amount of drive, determination, and help from great facilities around the world, disabilities will cease to exist and people can achieve their wildest dreams.

A report in USA Today interviewed other persons with disabilities who were also in the crowd at the 2012 London Olympics, specifically there to see the man with “carbon blades” race in the relay. One man who lost his leg seven years ago in a motorcycle accident was quoted saying “The whole part of recovery is adapting to whatever you’ve got to deal with. When you see what he does, you think anything is possible.”

Physical health workers around the world took Pistorius’ feat as an opportunity to help their patients. One doctor who has been working with amputee victims encouraged all of her patients to watch Pistorius race. She was quoted saying “He’s a big story. Just for people to be able to see that one of our patients was able to swim was very inspirational to them. So to see somebody reaching such an elite athlete status is incredible.”

Not much in life can be done alone, but with the right attitude and proper treatment facilities, anything is possible. Technology is growing at an exponential rate, and with it the once cemented barriers of society are being shattered. We at Advantec want to provide each facility with the easiest, simplest, and fastest way to manage your business. When you spend less time worrying about paperwork and tracking, you can spend more time with your patients.

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