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Hear More on Fidèle Story of Adoption, Prosthetics and Hope

Take a look at this video to hear more of Fidèle’s story

YouTube – Sharing Fidèle’s story

and click HERE for a Facebook video of Fidèle singing his beautiful song of praise to God!

(video courtesy of Rebecca Petty)

Many thanks to Bethel Free Will Baptist Church for  inviting Fidèle to share his story with your congregation.

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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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“Juncture At The Still Point” by Sandra Jung Hall

File Jun 09, 10 06 31 PM“In October of 2013, three-month-old Heidi is diagnosed with the most common fatal disease of  infants, Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Juncture at the Still Point is a mother’s true story of grief, spiritual growth and hope in an incredible era of advancements in treatments for genetic diseases.”  (Patchwork Publishing)

 

We are honored to be a part of Heidi’s journey and grateful for her mother’s inspiration to write this book. Thanks to their generosity, we have a free copy to give away!

 

 

This book is available on Amazon.com or you can win a free copy by visiting

our EastPoint Facebook page and liking, commenting on or sharing the post. File Jun 09, 10 06 20 PM

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More Than Just ‘Horsing Around’

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We all know that animals provide significant, positive, therapeutic impact both physically and mentally. A variety of animals are often used for therapy services, but many would say there’s just something extra special about horses.

Therapeutic horseback riding actually dates back to fifth century B.C. Greece as a means to rehabilitate wounded soldiers. It was also used by the English during WW I and eventually became a more prevalent means of therapy in the U.S. in the late 1960’s. (1)

Over the years, studies on equine therapy have shown improvements in everything from balance, pain, and muscle stiffness, to improved sense of self-worth, impulse control, emotional management and socialization skills. (2)

Typically, patients are evaluated based on their individual needs and a specific method of therapy is selected. The method may be a form of equine psychotherapy, horseback riding, or hippotherapy. Hippotherapy is based on the repetitive and rhythmic sensory input provided specifically through the pelvis of the rider. The various gait patterns of the horse can provide different levels of input which can improve sensory processing and neurological function of riders. (3) Hippotherapy can be a very effective healing tool for children with special needs including but not limited to down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, brain injuries and autism. (4)

Eastern North Carolina is very fortunate to offer four nearby options for Equine Therapy, not to mention a variety of private behavioral health professionals offering this service. What a unique and fun format for rehabilitation, therapy and healing!

Nearby Programs:

Hope Reins – Raleigh, NC 27615

http://hopereinsraleigh.org

Helping Horse Therapeutic Riding Program – Raleigh, NC 27613

http://www.helpinghorse.org

Horses for Hope – Raleigh, NC 27603

http://horsesforhope.org

Horse and Buddy – New Hill, NC 

http://www.horseandbuddy.org

 

 

Works Cited:

1. http://www.neurologycare.net/hippotherapy-and-therapeutic-horseback-riding.html

2. http://www.equestriantherapy.com

3. http://www.equestriantherapy.com/hippotherapy/

4. http://www.equestriantherapy.com/hippotherapy-kids-special/

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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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Never Give Up!

Jami        As a Kindergarten teacher and as a Mom, Jami Marseilles wanted to apply her lessons to real life and show her kids the true results of perseverance and dedication. Jami lost her legs as a teenager, and now at nearly 47 years old she has become the first female, double-amputee to cross the finish line in a full marathon this past weekend in Chicago. Jamie proves that anything is possible with hard work and she inspires us all with her accomplishment.

Jami’s story

 

 

(Photo by Beau Marseilles)

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Reclaim Your Life – Ottobock contest

Everyone has a story, especially if you are an amputee, and Ottobock wants to hear it. Click the link below to submit a photo and tell yours. Once you post your story, share it and tell everyone you know to vote. You could win a trip for 2 to Salt Lake City to tour the Ottobock facility and visit The National Ability Center. Additional prizes include free passes to the 2016 Amputee Coalition Conference. The deadline has been extended to October 16th, so start typing and tell Ottobock how YOU are Reclaiming Your Life!

If you submit your story, let us know and we would love to help spread the word for votes.

RECLAIM YOUR LIFE PHOTO CONTEST

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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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Truly An Inspiration: Ben Baltz, Amputee and Cancer Survivor

Ben Baltz, an amputee and cancer survivor, has continued to motivate and inspire other amputees for 8 years now, and he does it again with these photos of his training for one of his many triathlons. Go Ben!

http://www.today.com/parents/amputation-hasnt-stopped-me-boys-inspiring-race-photo-lifts-fellow-t41916

 

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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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