We’ve talked a lot about athletes who have prosthetic devices, and it’s true – they are very inspiring! But since election season is upon us, we thought we’d take a moment to look at some politicians with limb loss who have led the world in spite of their setbacks. Read on!
#1: Ted Kennedy, Jr.
Edward Moore Kennedy, Jr. is the son of U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy and Virginia Joan Bennett. After the discovery of cancer in his right leg in 1973, Kennedy’s leg was amputated. He holds an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University, a master’s degree from Yale University, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law. An impressive list of accomplishments, indeed!
#2: Daniel Inouye
Daniel Ken Inouye was a recipient of the Medal of Honor. He served as the senior United States Senator from Hawaii until his death in 2012. He was a senator for more than forty years, which is something few senators can claim. After losing his arm in battle, he had to leave behind his plan to become a surgeon, instead returning to college to study political science on the GI Bill.
#3: Max Cleland
Joseph Maxwell Cleland is a former U.S. Senator and a disabled U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He attained the rank of Captain during his service, and he also received the Silver Star and the Bronze Star for his valorous action in combat. After picking up a grenade he thought had come off his flak jacket, the grenade detonated, shredding one arm and both his legs.
#4: Robert Kerrey
Joseph Robert “Bob” Kerrey served as Governor of Nebraska from 1983 to 1987. He was also the U.S. Senator from Nebraska from 1989 to 2001. Kerrey served as a SEAL in the United States Navy from 1966 to 1969 during the Vietnam War, at which time he lost the lower part of one leg in combat and was awarded the Medal of Honor.
Politicians with Limb Loss Are Just the Beginning…
Here at BioTech, we’re convinced that limb loss doesn’t have to stop you from achieving your dreams. Whether you want to be a politician or a basketball player, the right prosthetic device can help you get there. Contact us today for more information!