Working to help children with limb differences

Mary Free Bed
Center for Limb Differences at Mary Free Bed 4

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – More than 100 clinicians from around the United States came to Grand Rapids to celebrate their work in children’s prosthetics and orthotics.

The Association of Children’s Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC) was created in Grand Rapids 40 years ago to help children with limb differences.

In the past, children who have lost limbs in accidents or due to illness had only cast-off or adult prostheses. These were inadequate and uncomfortable for children because they weren’t made for a kid’s needs or size.

For 40 years, the ACPOC and its licensed orthotists and prosthetists have been creating custom braces and prosthetic devices specifically for children. Whether they were born with limb differences or had an unfortunate incident, the physicians, nurses and therapists help children live a more full and independent life.

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is a founding member of the Association of Children’s Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics and is a leader in the field.

In 1946, Mary Free Bed created the first pediatric amputation clinic in the United States, the Center for Limb Differences at Mary Free Bed.

Find out more about how Mary Free Bed its team are working to help people of all ages restore hope and gain more freedom.

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