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After accident with a fork lift, 1-legged man thrives with prosthetic

When Neil Hemen had the possibility to go on a cruise this winter, the Stillwater, Minnesota, man had no thought it’d change his life. Hemen, who misplaced his left leg in Might 2006 after a fork elevate accident six years earlier, was launched to a water-resistant, light-weight prosthetic that’s given him the liberty to swim, snorkel and rise up within the bathe.

“It’s thrilling … it’s greater than I can ever say,” Hemen informed KMSP after a couple of laps within the pool at Braveness Kenney Rehabilitation Institute.

Following the accident, Hemen struggled to search out the desire to maintain going.

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“I used to be informed, ‘You simply bought to cease and discover one other chapter,’ and with posttraumatic stress, it is onerous to search out that chapter,” Hemen informed the information channel.

His medical staff gave Hemen the brand new prosthetic— an choice they hadn’t beforehand mentioned— particularly for the Caribbean cruise. On the journey, he was in a position to snorkel, swim with sting rays, and hold across the pool. However the greatest profit was again dwelling.

“Only for me to have the ability to go into the bathe or stroll within the pool with out moving into a wheelchair is the most effective factor that ever occurred,” Hemen informed KMSP. “There isn’t any phrases to even clarify it.”

 

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