Clara Gardner plans undergo osseointegration surgery

Clara Gardner arrives for an appointment with prosthetist Thomas A. Mesick
Clara Gardner

Clara Gardner has suffered severe injuries and permanent disabilities in a car crash. It took place in 2008, when she was just 16 years old. Clara was hit by a drunken driver who was going very fast at 50 mph. And she lost both her legs from the knee down in that tragic car accident. After the accident, Clara Gardner spent three years in a wheel chair. For the past four years, she had tried to walk using traditional prosthetic legs with a socket attachment system. But socket prostheses are heavy, painful and difficult to fit. So she decided to find a new kind of prosthetic legs that would allow her to walk again comfortably and without feeling pain. But when Clara Gardner heard about osseointegration she had hope of a future with much less struggle.

Clara Gardner launched a crowdfunding campaign

Because the osseointegrated prostheses is directly implanted into the femur, amputees are able to walk easily, with more control and no pain. But due to the fact that osseointegration is not covered by her insurance, Clara need to raise $40,000 (the entire cost of the procedure) on her own. So she has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise the $40,000 she needs in order to pay for the surgery. You can also help Clara Gardner walk pain-free into her future! Her fundraiser is here.

“I am deeply grateful to each and every one of you who contributes, not matter how small the contribution. The spirit of community that underlies your contribution is a moving example of caring in action. I thank you from the bottom of my heart!”, Clara Gardner.

Prosthetist Thomas A. Mesick

Clara Gardner and  prosthetist Thomas A. Mesick

Thomas A. Mesick at work

Clara Gardner and her legs prostheses

Gardner takes off her prosthetics

Clara Gardner and her prosthetic legs

Gardner exercises at the clinic

Gardner tests out her prosthetic legs

Clara Gardner plays pool

Gardner plays pool with friends

Gardner plays pool with friends

Image credit: Carol Lollis.

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