Cloy H.

REAL LIFE STORIES

  • Right below the elbow amputation
  • Right below the elbow amputation
  • Right below the elbow amputation
  • Right below the elbow amputation
  • Right below the elbow amputation
  • Right below the elbow amputation

Cloy H.

Cloy is your quintessential Montana cowboy, except for one small detail: on his right arm he wears a prosthesis that fits over an amputation made just above his wrist. After surviving a horrific ranching accident involving a grain auger, Cloy became a Northern Care patient and obtained his first prosthesis in 2009. Since then, he has worked hard to regain the skills and mobility he had before his amputation.
 
“You know, there’s some stuff that I can’t do,” he says, “but I just take my time and get through it. You’ve just got to learn. It’s like learning all over again, from the ground up.”

These days, the things he can do outweigh his limitations. He works full time on a ranch, caring for horses and cattle. He even participates in rodeo events, roping calves with his prosthetic arm. 

Cloy’s below elbow prosthesis was specially made to accommodate his ranching and roping lifestyle. It features a carbon frame with a leather inner socket that cinches extra tight with a BOA closure system. When using his arm for heavy-duty activities, Cloy can tighten the closure system for extra security; loosening it is as easy as pressing a button. He uses both a voluntary opening hand and a voluntary opening hook, with a quick disconnect wrist that makes it simple to switch between the two.

Cloy’s advice to other amputees sums up his practical attitude and the reason for his successful rehabilitation: “You can sit in the corner and cry about it, or you can live your life.”
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