Michael Mabry is the founding Chairman of Hope to Walk and is graduating from medical school May 2017 from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) located in Blacksburg, Virginia.
During the time Hope To Walk has been serving patients, he has been obtaining information and data from patients in order to assess if the prosthetic legs are truly helping the people. Patients were asked questions such as: are the prosthetic legs helping you provide financially for your family, obtain work, and improve your quality of life?
The preliminary data suggests the legs are benefitting the patients. All patients (100%) represented in the preliminary data stated they had an increased self-esteem and would recommend Hope To Walk’s prosthetic legs for other amputee patients. Of those questioned: 77.8% wore their legs 6-7 days a week and 88.9% wore them between 8-12 hours each day. When asked if the legs had increased the ability of the patients to financially provide for their family, 77.8% responded with yes and 44.4% responded that they obtained full time employment.
This research has won two awards at research conferences so far this year. It received 1st place for Best Student Clinical Research in March 2017 at the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) annual conference in Orlando, FL. It also received a 1st place for Biomedical Research at VCOM’s Annual Research Day in March 2017.
The research is ongoing and our team expects to have our first paper published in the coming months. We hope this research will provide evidence that Hope To Walk’s low cost prosthetic leg can benefit amputees around the world. If you would like to help Hope To Walk and volunteer and participate in this research, please contact Michael at Michael@hopetowalk.org.
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