Patient Spotlight: Victor Alvarez

There is simply no quit in Victor Alvarez. A bilateral lower limb amputee, Victor was told that he would never be able to walk under his own power again.  Instead, Victor’s prior practitioners advised him that he would be best suited with a temporary below the knee prosthesis, which would serve only to transfer him short distances to and from his wheelchair.  This would also be a less expensive option and, given Victor did not have health insurance, cost was a significant consideration.  At 64 years old, Victor faced the stark reality of never walking on his own for the rest of his life.
Fortunately, Victor’s prior diagnosis failed to account for the power of will.  Victor refused to accept the diagnosis, and came to AlliedOP as a last ditch effort to walk again.  Although Victor speaks little English, AlliedOP’s Director of Clinical Services, Carey Glass, received his message loud and clear.  Victor wanted to walk again, and he was willing to do whatever it took to make that happen.  Victor’s family rallied behind him as well, personally raising the money for two prosthetic limbs.
Inspired by Victor’s determination, Carey Glass went to work, looking for the perfect solution to this complicated case.  Victor has a below knee left leg amputation, and an above knee right leg amputation, making his case particularly complex.  However, Carey’s more than 35 years of experience and expertise combined with Victor and his family’s determination proved to be a powerful combination.  Within just ten minutes of his dynamic prosthesis fitting and just 45 days after coming to AlliedOP, Victor was on his feet and walking on two prosthetic limbs for the first time – a feat he was initially told he would never accomplish.  Asked for his reaction to the inspiring story of Victor Alvarez, Carey Glass said simply “this is why we do what we do.”