This past September marked my 5th year as a physical therapist at Grady. Every day I am confronted with patients' financial barriers and poor socioeconomic status that impede or prolong access to the best options for their medical care.
Working on the Ortho/Trauma, medicine, and outpatient rehab floors, I have seen the devastating impact of amputation(s) on a person's life. Here's what it means to an uninsured person: A single limb amputation does NOT automatically qualify someone for Medicaid, which for someone with poor socioeconomic status means they will most likely be unable to afford a prosthesis. As a therapist, we are fortunate to get to know these people. Here are a few patients I have personally worked with after amputation:
A prideful former basketball player with the inability to pay for medication to control his diabetes
A 20-something in a car accident that required amputation due to severe burns
A woman in her 40s who lost her job and was unable to afford her medication to control her diabetes
A 20-something who unknowingly had diabetes, which resulted in a bad wound infection on his foot
Steps of Faith (along with Hanger Prosthetics) helped one of my patients receive a prosthesis while waiting for his Medicaid to be approved. His life was at a standstill until he received that assistance. I am very passionate about what this organization does and would love to help raise money for their cause.
To learn more about this organization, check out their website: