Amputees participate in Limb Loss day at Brooks Rehabilitation by playing cornhole.

Inaugural “Limb Loss Day” a Success for Brooks’ Amputee Program

News Update

Dec 26, 2023

On December 16, 2023, Advance Prosthetics & Orthotics (APO), Bremer Orthotics and Prosthetics, Brooks Rehabilitation and Hanger Clinic held an inaugural “Limb Loss Day” to celebrate the abilities of individuals with limb amputations.

“We wanted to hold a community event to bring individuals together to share their own personal stories and help others in similar situations,” said Howard Weiss, DO, medical director of the Brooks Rehabilitation Orthopedic/Trauma Program and the Amputee Program. “We realized how important this was going to be for our patients with amputations. The camaraderie in that room was something special.”

The entire Brooks Rehabilitation Amputee Program was there to help and ensure the event was a success. The team includes physiciansphysical therapists, prosthetists, psychologists and other specialties, all dedicated to integrated, patient-centric care that dramatically improves outcomes.

Overall, 65 individuals with amputations at various stages of their recovery attended the event along with their families, caregivers and friends. Three individuals – Katherine Subirana, Barthel Pickett and Hilary Everett – shared their own inspiring rehabilitation and recovery journeys after amputations.

After refreshments and conversation, attendees participated in a corn hole tournament – some from wheelchairs and some with their prosthetic limbs. Dan Caldwell from the Brooks Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program helped run the 36-team event.

After eight rounds, Dustin Canterbury and Theresa Watson were the overall tournament winners. “I thought the entire event was really interesting. Everyone seemed to enjoy the tournament. Everyone cheered for each other. I was just a bystander and then ended on the all-star team,” said Canterbury.

“For our patients to be able to talk about their struggle, that we as clinicians don’t truly understand because we are not amputees, was more valuable then I imagined,” said Steve Pompilio, PT, a lead physical therapist in the Amputee Program. “I was shocked at the engagement from my patients. One week I had someone who was ready to quit. Then after being inspired by our speakers and talking with others, they are back on board to get on their feet again.”

“Events like this inspire me to come to work each day. I can see that what we’re doing is really important and makes a difference in people’s lives,” said Dr. Weiss.

Check out additional photos of the event below.

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