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Hope for Fidele!

Born healthy, with two strong legs, can you imagine the devastation of Shep Kpankpan Fidele at the reality of amputation due to bone cancer at the young age of 10? Yet now, 5 years later, Fidele’s hope and wholeness is renewed with a prosthesis.

In June, EastPoint, owned by Paul Sugg, partnered with EP Legacy Inc.,(Sugg’s own nonprofit organization) and 1040i for Humanity, (a nonprofit organization out of Oklahoma dedicated to providing aid in the developing world) to travel to Ivory Coast to deliver 15 prostheses. This was where they first met Fidele, but due to the size of his leg they were unable to provide a permanent prosthesis with the right fit so they made a temporary solution until arrangements could be made for Fidele to come to Kinston to receive his permanent prosthetic device!

On August 26th, Fidele, along with his Pastor and 1040i for humanity President, Mike Cousineau, arrived in Kinston for this life changing event. After several days of enjoying local restaurants and attractions, Fidele was thrilled to finally receive his own personal prosthesis with state of the art technology including the socketless socket by Martin Bionics and a Niagara foot.  At 15 years old, Fidele will once again be able to go to school and work to help provided necessary financial contributions to his family.

When Fidele was given the temporary prosthesis in June, he said, “now I can really be someone,” according to Cousineau, “It gives him a sense of dignity and mobility.” While here, Fidele even got to meet Miss North Carolina, a co-Anchor for WNCT TV 9. You can see their story here: WNCT TV 9 New Article

Thank you to all who partnered in this exciting journey!

 

(Jimbo and Wes Perry, Woodmen Water Park, Timmy Lanier of Pizza Villa, Mike Filcher at Simply Natural Creamery, John McPhaul from Chick fil A, Rusty and Michelle Williams and family, Miss North Carolina, WNCT TV 9, EP Legacy, 1040i for humanity, Socketless Socket by Martin Bionics, Niagra Foot)

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Willing Hands Give Independence, Hope and New Opportunities

1 week. 30 prostheses. 23 verbal professions of faith. Numerous lives changed.

It is amazing how God works to bring people together to open doors and to provide opportunity. A team of six traveled to San Salvador, El Salvador to partner with Rotary and FUNTER to provide prosthetic care and to share the light of Christ.

The first day involved evaluating and casting the patients. We were amazed by the ingenuity and resiliency as one of the first patients walked in on a leg he had made himself from a single piece of wood.

 

The next two days we were all immersed in modifying and fabricating to be ready to fit and deliver Thursday and Friday.

 

 

The people of El Salvador are full of generosity and gratefulness. For one of our patients with a left transtibial amputation, this was the first time she had walked in two years.  As a thank you gift her and her husband gave a basket full of fresh fruit. She came in with her only pair of shoes. She does not work and has very little. This was a tremendous gift. She was so grateful for the chance to walk again and to work.

 

 

While in El Salvador we were also able to partner with the Fridenstine’s and the work their team is doing with Emmanuel Baptist Church and Emmanuel Baptist School in Cojutepeque, El Salvador. We had the privilege of sharing the gospel through colored bracelets and handed out over 180 backpacks to the students.

 

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“and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:32

 

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“El Salvador is calling and we must go.”

 

 

 

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Pediatric Prosthetics

Over the years, the Prosthetic Industry has made significant advancements in designs, components, materials and processes. The increase in comfort and functionality of prosthetics these days is outstanding…as long as you are over the age of 12 that is. What has lagged behind is the entire field of pediatric prosthetics for young children – who in actuality have significant strength, motivation and fervor. Thankfully, a handful of individuals and companies in the field have recognized the need for development in this area and are making strides to help pediatric prosthetic patients excel.

Take a look at this recent article from OandP.com, a leading resource of up and coming orthotic and prosthetic news. EastPoint’s Raleigh clinician, Brent Wright, even ways in on the subject in the article. You’ll also see a recent picture of our sweet little patient Miyah!

OandP.com Article – Pediatric Prosthetics

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Prosthetic Clinics in the Developing World

 

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        Diabetes, infection, motor-bike accidents, land mines, and birth  defects (due to poor nutrition and water) are some of the leading causes of amputations in the developing world. Most amputees in these parts of the world live in extreme poverty, often on less than a few dollars a day, making it simply unattainable to receive prosthetic care.     IMG_2834

At EastPoint, part of our core values are to glorify God as He uses our gifts and abilities to transform lives. One of the ways we do this is by addressing these prosthetic needs in the developing world. In February and March, some of our clinicians and prosthetic residents will head to Guatemala and to El Salvador. While there, we will work with local partners in those areas to facilitate free prosthetic clinics. It is such a blessing to not only meet the physical need of providing prosthetic devices and care, but also to build relationships with the patients there as we share the love of Christ in both word and in deed.

MJ helping outPlease keep our teams in your prayers throughout February and March as they prepare for these clinics and travel to these countries. We look forward to sharing stories about their experiences and about the wonderful people they are able to care for.  IMG_8832

 

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Exciting New Development in Pediatric Prosthetics

As many of you know, this past year EastPoint became the first clinical partner with LIM Innovations, out of San Francisco, California. In September of 2014, LIM released a revolutionary new socket design, a game-changer in the prosthetic world, the Infinite Socket. The Infinite Socket is the first of its kind to offer a completely customized fit so patients can make their own adjustments as often they choose.

After we found success with several adult patients in this new socket, we strongly urged LIM to continue their developing and release a pediatric version. We are thrilled to announce that they not only honored our request, but they also decided to use one of our sweet kiddos, Miyah as the face behind this new pediatric socket. Miyah loves the LIM Infinite Socket, and her Mom loves the ability to customize the fit on their own, at any time.

Offering this kind of personalized fit for pediatric amputees is a huge step forward for the field of prosthetics. We are so proud of Miyah and her success, and we are thankful to continue being a part of her journey.

Check out additional coverage of her story here: NY Times – Miyah

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A Journey Towards Hope From Palestine to Kinston, NC

We are honored we had the opportunity to help a new friend, 16 year-old Anan Fahid, who traveled all the way from a refugee camp in Jericho, Palestine to Kinston, NC to receive his first prosthetic leg. The Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund found EastPoint while searching online for an option for Anan. When PCRF saw EastPoint’s heart for serving and loving all of our patients both local and overseas, they knew we would be a good fit. The PCRF provided funding for Anan’s travel and Paul Sugg, owner of EastPoint Prosthetics and Orthotics, provided and fit Anan with his new leg.

Anan lost his leg two years ago due to cancer, and while he never imagined he would be in the USA, receiving a prosthetic leg, he never lost hope for what his future held. Hope, in fact is Anan’s biggest message to others, never give up, there IS hope.

During one of Anan’s appointments we were thrilled to introduce him to Faizal Handoon, an aspiring Paralympian who is also one of our patients. Faizal was able to share more with Anan about the unlimited opportunities he still has as an amputee. We appreciate Faizal for taking the time to meet with Anan and encourage him along the way.

Anan with continue to stay with a host family in Greenville, NC while he continues to gain strength and adjust to his new prosthesis. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Anan and seeing what his future holds.

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EastPoint is MAKING STRIDES Against Breast Cancer

We are excited to be one of the sponsors from the American Institute of Healthcare & Fitness to support our friends at the American Cancer Society for this fantastic event – MAKING STRIDES Against Breast Cancer. Want to help too? It’s not too late to sign up to walk or donate to the cause. Join us!

EastPoint is MAKING STRIDES Against Breast Cancer – Team Page

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A Paralympian’s Dream: Faizal

“You won’t find your dream until you lose your excuses.” 

Orrin Woodward 

Faizal Hamdoon tests his East Point Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc. prosthetic leg Thursday at the track at Kinston High School. Hamdoon was born with melorheostosis, a birth defect, and had an above knee amputation. He is 2016 Paralympic games hopeful. Photo by Janet S. Carter / The Free Press Set-backs, tragedy, and resilience mark the journey of our patient Faizal Hamdoon.  Rather than dwelling on the challenges of his past; he chooses instead to set his eyes on what’s yet to come as he pursues his 2016 Paralympian dream.

Born in Sri Lanka, Faizal’s family came to America to pursue better opportunities for he and his brother and to have access to advanced medical care regarding his rare bone deformity condition, Melorheostosis.  After years of surgeries, it became necessary to allow a below the knee amputation.  Unfortunately, this procedure did not go well and he was left as an above the knee disarticulation amputee.

Through the years, Faizal has been in and out of hospitals, endured numerous surgeries, fought with his family to survive as immigrants, struggled to make ends meet through the ups and downs of a family business, and even endured the tragic loss of his father to cancer.

Yet with the strength of his Dad’s spirit still in his heart, perseverance and resilience have allowed him to arrive where he is today – training and succeeding as a Paralympian. Currently Faizal has his eyes set on his next goal – Brazil 2016! Join us as we support him in fulfilling his dreams! Stay tuned for more updates.Faizal Hamdoon

Other Recent Accomplishments:

Competing in the 2013 Desert Challenge Games was a rewarding debut track event where Faizal got to Nationally Classify as a T42, and bring home the bronze; a personal high for a new comer with only six months of training at the time, racing on a low performance leg!

Competing in meets co-sponsored by the US Paralympic Committee, placing 3rd, 4th and 5th against seasoned athletes and Paralympians – despite setbacks to prosthesis and hamstring issues

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Prosthetics In The Developing World

EastPoint strives to provide excellence in care at all of our locations here in the United States, but we also have a passion to serve those who likely have no hope for prosthetic care in the developing world. While our global reach continues to evolve, one location some of our clinicians regularly invest time in is the Peten region of Guatemala, San Benito.

We enjoy building relationships with so many wonderful patients in Guatemala. Here is a short video from the most recent clinic held in August of 2015.

Below: This particular patient was such an inspiration. She lost her husband and her leg when hit by a drunk driver. She and her 18 month old daughter have been living in the hospital because she was unable to care for her child without a prosthesis. Her cousin brought her to the clinic in San Benito, and she told him when she got her leg the first thing she wanted to do was dance with him.

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One-of-a-kind: An Intern’s Perspective

We are thrilled this summer to invest part of our time into a student intern from UNC-Chapel Hill, Andrew Allen. Andrew has been a huge asset in the Raleigh office, offering his help in whatever capacity needed, and as internships are often a mutually beneficial two-way street, he has also gained great insight into the field of Prosthetics and Orthotics and into varying perspectives regarding patient care. Below is a glimpse into one of the things Andrew has learned about our highest value at EastPoint — excellence in patient care.

“As an intern at EastPoint Prosthetics and Orthotics, I can truly say that this company is one-of-a-kind. It is the only facility in North Carolina that offers mobile services. This sets EastPoint apart from its competitors, as patients are relieved of transportation challenges to and from an office. Mobile services require a lot of time and effort for EastPoint clinicians who sometimes drive nearly 45 minutes away, which is one of the reasons most competitor companies do not offer this option, yet EastPoint gladly takes the time to serve their patients in this way because they know, in the end, it’s all about building lasting relationships and ensuring their patients’ needs are met.

The unique benefit of mobile services really hit home for me the day I accompanied Brent Wright on one of his home visits, 30 miles away, in Zebulon. We pulled up to a small trailer home out in what felt like the middle of nowhere. There were a couple of red pick-up trucks parked out front and some catnip bags lying around in the back yard. Brent and I walked up the back steps and entered through a screen door to find the patient sitting in his wheel chair watching “The Price is Right.” The trailer was decorated with NASCAR paraphernalia, most of it labeled with Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s number 88. He is an older patient, and he lives in his trailer alone. He was unable to wear his prosthesis that day because it was causing him pain in the back of his leg. Brent carefully took his time adjusting the prosthesis to be certain the problem was resolved while enjoying conversation and jokes along the way. It was clear to me that at EastPoint taking care of patients isn’t just about fixing problems with their prosthetic and orthotic devices; it’s about making each patient feel valued and appreciated — like a true friend. Had we not made the 30-minute drive out to this patient’s mobile home, I can only imagine how difficult it would have been for him to put on a painful prosthesis and drive himself into Raleigh to come to the office.  

EastPoint recognizes that transportation is a real barrier for many, if not most, of their patients and they are not only willing, but they are excited to alleviate this challenge. Relationship building is clearly important to EastPoint, and I am thankful to enjoy an internship with a company that puts patient care over the bottom dollar. ” — Andrew Allen, Intern

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