Jerry’s amputation came as a result of a 10,000-pound service vehicle running over his leg at his company’s maintenance shop.
Doctors tried to save the leg with rods and screws first, then eventually moving muscle to where there was no tissue to facilitate skin grafts. But infections plagued Jerry and muscles and tissues were dead or dying. Despite all the surgeries to save the leg, there wasn’t any improvement. His surgeon said additional surgeries could be undertaken to attempt to get the leg to function properly, but there would be no guarantees and the process would take many months. Or Jerry could have an amputation and be able to walk again with the help of a prosthetic ankle and foot. Jerry opted for amputation.
"My surgeon recommended Bill Sampson, CP, and before the amputation Bill came to the hospital and explained what would happen and how everything would work," Jerry said. "After the surgery, Bill came in with the shrinker. It took (my residual limb) some time to heal, but I did what Bill told me and went to the physical therapist he recommended. I started with two crutches, then one, then a cane, and now I can walk freely."
Jerry is looking forward to his final prosthesis – a Proprio microprocessor ankle-foot system that will enable him to get back on the big rigs. In the meantime, he is working part-time at the shop, riding his Harley recently outfitted with an electronic shifter; and getting ready for his 36th consecutive deer hunting season.
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