Boy who lost leg in lawnmower accident gets latest in prosthetic - KCTV5

Boy who lost leg in lawnmower accident to get latest in prosthetics

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The 4-year-old boy who was accidentally run over by his father in a terrible lawnmower accident over the weekend is recovering at the University of Kansas Hospital.

Surgeons were able to save the little boy's arm and doctors say he's going to have to get a prosthetic after losing his leg. At some point Truett Shacklett is going to be fit with a prosthetic device that's going to allow him to play like a normal kid.

It's a three-week process to build a prosthetic limb. At Horizon Orthotic and Prosthetic Experience, or HOPE, they meticulously build them from scratch.

"The process is you do an evaluation, determine the design, then you literally will take an impression or mold of that remaining limb. We call it the residual limb," said Mike Schulz with HOPE.

Making the limbs for kids and adults requires the makers to take into account how rough kids can be with almost everything.

"They're on the playgrounds, they're crawling around, they're banging it. So one of our focuses is to make sure we do something that's very durable. The other thing we have to consider is the fact that these young kids are going to grow, sometimes grow very rapidly," Schulz said.

The one thing people will notice is that there are no prosthetics on the wall of HOPE waiting to be bought because there is no "one size fits all" to them. This is an exact science.

"The fit has to be very, very precise and so, when you have a young child who grows, there may be a lot of follow-ups required to accommodate for that and make adjustments to make that prosthesis still comfortable," Schulz said.

Dave Kimzey not only works at HOPE, he is also a patient with a message for any kid receiving a prosthetic limb.

"You're going to be almost like RoboCop now, Yeah, you're going to have an artificial limb but, you know what, you're going to be able to do everything that you did before. There's not going to be any setback as far as that goes," he said.

A prosthetic limb can be pricey, but generally a below-the-knee prosthetic - like the one Truett will need – costs considerably less than one above the knee.

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