Hear Lee George’s story and how he turned to BioTech Limb and Brace for a custom prosthesis that allows him to ride his motorcycle!
Not long ago, Lee George received a report from one of his crews in the field. They were performing electrical work outside and needed him to take a look at a problem.
Lee arrived at the scene, went up in a bucket truck, and scoped out the problem. It didn’t take long before the situation was handled.
Stepping back to take a look at the scene, Lee had something happen to him – and it changed his life.
Within a split second, 13,000 volts of electricity went through Lee’s body from a hot ground wire. The jolt not only sent life-threatening amounts of electricity through his body; it also severely burned him. By the time he had been treated to medical care at the hospital, he had received third-degree burns over 50 percent of his body – resulting in the loss of two fingers on his right hand, a six-inch hole in his skull, and the complete loss of his entire left arm.
It’s difficult to recover from such a tragic and sudden circumstance like that. But while doctors were worrying about his chances of survival, Lee was worrying about something else – how he would be able to ride his beloved motorcycle. (It’s in his blood; his family owned the first Harley-Davidson dealership in the state of Alabama.)
After his 197-day stay in the trauma ICU, we were able to help Lee in his quest to get back in the saddle by outfitting him with a state-of-the-art prosthesis – the i-limb ultra revolution – to replace his left arm. This prosthesis allows him to do much of what he did before, made possible by the technology in the piece – including individual motors in each digit that enable different grip patterns to help him in a variety of situations.
With his prosthesis, Lee can carry on living his life, including driving his motorcycle wherever he pleases.
That’s exactly what Lee recommends to other people in his situation who have lost limbs and are faced with the task and trial of living life after a challenge. He says, “You have to stay active and carry on with your life” doing the things you love to do, no matter what.
At BioTech, those are the possibilities we love to help create.
(Oh, and be sure to wave to Lee if you see on him the road with his chopper.)