Ottobock Names C-Leg Heroes Grand Prize Winner
- By Laurie Watanabe
- Feb 03, 2015
What a move!
And with that incredible kick, Carlos Gonzalez of San Francisco clinched grand prize honors in Ottobock's C-Leg Heroes photo contest.
The winning photo shows Gonzalez showing off some impressive martial arts skills - a sport that he didn't take up until after having his leg amputated in 2005.
That amputation, Gonzalez said in an Ottobock news announcement, "was the result of a series of complications from a stray bullet gunshot wound, and the healing process was long and drawn out due to several surgeries. It wasn't until I was fit with the New C-Leg in 2012 at the Orthotic and Prosthetic Center at University of California, San Francisco Orthopaedic Institute that I finally felt I had what I needed to be able to really move forward in regaining my mobility and trying new activities."
Today, Gonzalez serves as a volunteer at Pomeroy Recreation & Rehabilitation Center, also in San Francisco. At the Center, which will receive part of the contest's $1,000 winnings, Gonzalez works with children with disabilities.
Gonzalez calls obtaining his C-Leg "life changing in so many ways."
Ottobock held its C-Leg Heroes contest in 2014 to commemorate the 15-year anniversary of the technology's introduction in the United States. Consumers using a C-Leg or other prosthetic were invited to submit videos or photos showing how the technology had changed their lives. Ottobock presented T-shirts to weekly winners, and iPad tablets or gift certificates to monthly winners.
"Carlos's story is a motivating one, and we are thrilled to share his story," said Karen Lundquist, Ottobock's director of communications for North America. "His moves are amazing, and we greatly admire his volunteer work."
Laurie Watanabe is the editor of Mobility Management. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.