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Jennifer Clark

Jennifer ClarkJennifer Clark, a native to Crowley, has an incredibly busy life that includes being a wife, mother of three, dental hygienist, volunteer, and most recently para athlete.   Jennifer’s life was changed dramatically when she developed a rare benign tumor that was exacerbated while pregnant with her third child. The growing tumor impaired the function of her left lower extremity leaving her in a constant state of pain and depression.
 
After countless hours of searching for solutions on the internet, Jennifer learned of the accolades of Sarah Reinersten.  She was inspired by Reinertsen, a female amputee who began competing in Ironman competitions in 2005.  “If Sarah can swim 2.4 miles, ride a bike for 112, and run for 26.2, then I can at least live a normal life,” she said.  With her new found inspiration, Jennifer decided to make the life altering decision of amputation. She felt that the surgical intervention would allow her to maintain quality of life and the active lifestyle she had previously with her family.
Jennifer with Baker Orthotics and Prosthetics
 
After a short three years, Jennifer has accomplished more than she ever thought possible.  Over the past two years, Jennifer has competed in numerous sprint distance triathlons.  Jennifer represented her country with pride placing third in her division at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championship held at the harbor in Auckland, New Zealand.  Since Auckland, Jennifer has completed a half marathon, as well as numerous other distance races including the National Triathalon in San Diego.  As a wife, a mother of three children, and a full time dental hygienist, Jennifer keeps busy on a daily basis.   With the assistance of her husband, Scott, she still finds time in her busy schedule for training.
 
“I am so thankful for my large support group of family and friends, and for my wonderful prosthetist who makes it all possible.”   Jennifer receives prosthetic care at Baker Orthotics & Prosthetics, a facility filled with her biggest fans and a place she considers home.
 
Jennifer Clark with Baker Orthotics and ProstheticsShe is told every day that she is an inspiration, and she is ecstatic to be able to make such a positive impact in the lives of others.  Jennifer volunteers as a motivational speaker and spoke at a retreat, “Beautiful Amazing Me” where she talked with young women about positive self-image.  A mother wrote of Jennifer, “Her courage to accept her situation with her leg, then seek out options so that she can live life to its fullest is such an incredible example for us all. Alyssa and I will never forget it, and I will revisit her story in our family forever. I hope Jennifer knows what a gift she has given to us.”  In Jennifer’s own words, “That is what it’s all about.”
 
With her current ongoing extensive training program, Jennifer will continue to improve her abilities as an athlete.  She strives to continue to be an inspiration for anyone who is willing to set forth a goal and push themselves to their limits to achieve what they never thought possible.  
 

 

 

 

Sharon Reynolds

Sharon Reynolds

One day 11 years ago, Mrs. Sharon Reynolds never knew her life was going to change dramatically.  Before that fateful day, Mrs. Reynolds was a busy medical office secretary, an active jogger, and active with her 11 and 12 year old daughters.  She was hit head on by another vehicle, causing multiple injuries including a torn right ankle.  Mrs. Reynolds underwent 2 skin grafts, 1 salvage surgery, and ankle fusion.  Surgeon provided her with two options: take the ankle or fuse it.  She attempted to regain her active lifestyle after the surgery and felt that at first, like was okay.  Sharon ReynoldsOver the course of the next year she experienced more pain in her ankle, back and hips.  Sharon got to the point where she could only walk a very short distance with a cane.  “I felt like more of an 80 year old than an active middle aged female.”  Sharon felt like she was out of options and tried to make the best of a negative situation.  While on the internet searching for answers, she found a group of people who had had their ankle fused and then elected for amputation.  The group of people explained a new life, feeling relief, returning to an active lifestyle, with waiting to have their amputation being their only regret.  After living in pain for almost a decade, Sharon decided to take the next step and elected for amputation.  Mrs. Reynolds has continued to progress in her activity level and is now able to perform activities she never thought possible with her fused ankle.  Recently moving to a definitive prosthesis, Mrs. Reynolds was fit with an Endolite Elan prosthetic ankle system.  Instantly she felt a difference, “I started crying because it was the closest thing to what God gave me when I was born”.  She feels that she is getting her life back, being independent with a faster walk.  The hill in front of her house used to be quite the challenge, now with her new prosthesis and Elan foot she feels it is a piece of cake. Balance is an automatic motion that just happens, she no longer worries about stability. Sharon loves helping and doing for others, which has been restored with her new found independence. She recently received her teaching certificate and plans to teach at a busy junior high next fall.  Through her caring nature and determination, Sharon will achieve great things including going hiking in the mountains once again.
 

 

Brian Moore

Brian MooreBrian MooreBrian Moore lost his left arm after he struggled with the intruder in October of 2008 and was shot in the arm.  That’s when Brian became a patient of Baker O&P and started to learn how to handle life a little differently, but just as well.
 
The first thing you notice when you meet Brian is not his prosthetic arm; it’s his sense of humor.  Brian is an airplane mechanic for American Airlines and has a very mechanical mind.  Brian makes regular trips to see Gordon at Baker O&P to have adjustments done on his arm and hand, but it’s not just Gordon that tinkers with the arm. Being mechanical himself, Brian uses his know-how to make some minor and major adjustments to his own prosthetic arm to make it “more durable and user friendly,” as Brian says. When Brian found that he didn't use the elbow spring in his arm, he gutted the applicable parts and made a built-in battery powered elbow release so he wouldn't have to remove his forearm to "jump" the lock mechanism.  Brian said that the battery always seemed to die at the most inconvenient times, so he eliminated that problem. Now he can unlock the dead arm with a simple push of a button on the forearm. Brian also had issues with the durability of the wiring, so (of course) he started making his own wiring harnesses. Brian used a boat restoration project to justify buying an industrial strength sewing machine that he can use to adjust and repair his own harness and save himself a trip to Baker O&P.As a gifted mechanic and avid tinkerer, Brian has created a lot of tools to work on the components of his arm. When he has a need for tools or aids that don’t exist, he welds or attaches things to a fitting to work in the device.
 
Brian MooreSince he sometimes works in the rain, Brian was worried about his Utah arms getting wet.  Gordon gave him an old Utah arm that he gutted with the help of a mill and lathe and made a manual release for the elbow lock. The arm can be safely submerged in water, which is good for an avid fisherman and boater like Brian.  This is one of those times when the disclaimer “don’t try this at home” applies.
 
Brian and his wife enjoy spending time with their granddaughter and new grandson. Brian says that he is still able to do things around the house; it just requires a little more patience. He told his wife that he wasn’t able to do the dishes, at which he reports, “she is still buying it”.  He has always been the cook so she's always done the cleanup. Brian says he’s got it made (or at least he does until she reads this).
 
Brian loves his life, his family, and his job. And he loves tinkering.
 

 

Mary Martha Pickens

Mary Martha PickensMary Martha PickensUndergoing an amputation at the age of twelve would be considered debilitating to most, however Mary Martha Pickens is unique.  She was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and was left with no options, but to amputate above the knee.   Mary Martha recalls only feeling disappointed from having to miss her annual summer camp that year.  By the next year she was up riding horses, running, jumping and performing all of the summer activities with the other campers.  Mary Martha continued on her successful pathway going to The University of Texas, joining a sorority and participating as an active member of the university.  Mary Martha continued her education, obtaining a master’s degree and excelling in numerous occupations.  Currently, a vital asset to her banking company, Mary Martha is constantly traveling.  During her busy week, she somehow finds time to work out, doing such activities as yoga three times a week.  In her spare time she enjoys hiking mountains several times a year, scuba diving at exotic locations and snow skiing with her husband.  Mary Martha tackles life with a positive attitude and infectious smile.
 

 

Yousuf Hamdan

Yousuf HamdanYousuf HamdanYousuf Hamdan was leaving school early on June 11, 2009 after a major exam at UT Arlington. He was headed to try on a tuxedo for his cousin’s wedding.  It started raining and he lost control of his vehicle.  He ended up teetering on a guard rail of a tall bridge pinned in his car and losing lots of blood.  He was able to be removed from the car after a long period of time that felt like hours.  He remained conscious through the whole process. The fire department had to cut part of the car out and send it with him to the ER because it was still attached to him.
 
His injuries were severe, leaving him in a coma. The damage to Yousuf’s leg was severe and a week later he had to have the leg amputated. He awoke from his coma nine days after the accident. His dad stayed in the hospital with him every night for over a month. After a long and painful recovery period, Yousuf was able to leave the hospital on August 9. That was also the day of his first appointment with Baker O&P.
 
Yousuf was fitted with a prosthetic leg and continued his physical therapy.  He had to learn how to walk with his new leg and took his first steps on his new leg on October 9, two months after the nearly fatal accident. Through lots of determination and will power, he was walking independently by Thanksgiving.
 
Yousuf HamdanSome people use the loss of a limb as an excuse to become less active, not Yousuf. He used his incredible story and experience to become a personal trainer for LA fitness in January of 2011. He became engaged in 2011 and married his lovely bride in November of 2012.Yousuf started a new job as a mortgage underwriter in July of 2013, but continues to be active daily in the gym.
 
Yousuf credits his faith and father for his positive attitude and outcome.  Yousuf Hamdan is another great example of a survivor.