Saturday, July 6, 2013

All-terrain wheelchairs restore mobility and fun for amputees

Nonprofits help veterans who lost multiple limbs, buying them all-terrain wheelchairs
By Jennifer Griffin
Published July 05, 2013

A collective of nonprofits is teaming up to give a little independence to some of the roughly 1,700 recent war veterans who have lost multiple limbs – purchasing all-terrain wheelchairs and letting the wounded warriors test drive them while recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in suburban Washington.

On any given weekend, Scott Mallary and his wife open up their Maryland farm, about 45 minutes from Walter Reed, to a half-dozen of the amputees so they can practice on the powered Track Chairs while they endure what can be an excruciating year of recovery that can include dozens of surgeries.

“I live on a 10-acre plot of property and have a horse, and when I go home I can't get around,” says Staff Sgt. Thomas McRae, whose job in Afghanistan was to detect explosives and mines.
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