Alex Daly is a junior at Mississippi State University. He has a congenital absence of his left arm below the elbow, but he’s never allowed it to slow him down. His mom found Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics through our website, and she was confident we could provide the care her son needed. Alex has always been very passionate about music and has played the guitar for seven years.
Julie McCulley, MPO, MS, CPO, ATC/L was excited to offer Alex the latest technology by creating an activity-specific prosthesis that would allow him to play the guitar while he waited for his myoelectric prosthesis to gain authorization.
“Alex is a dream to work with as a patient, and he literally lights up a room with his personality,” Julie says. “He is also welcoming to the multiple interns, observers and student occupational therapists who want an opportunity to see the fitting process and technology he’ll be receiving.”
No Slowing Down
Along with his passion for music, Alex is also passionate about becoming a peer advocate for others with limb differences and limb loss. “My experience with being a congenital amputee could help someone or many people,” he says. “I would like to assist others and becoming a peer advocate is an easy way for me to share my story.”
Alex, who turned 20 in May uses a passive prosthesis that holds a guitar pick in place. Presently, Alex has a myoelectric prosthesis using Coapt pattern recognition technology and the i-limb quantum by Össur, which he received in May. His carbon fiber socket has a unique design that he chose, and the inner liner is made of rolled silicone, which lends itself to increased comfort and excellent durability, says Julie, who completed the master’s program in prosthetics and orthotics at Northwestern University and went on to
complete her residencies at Ability P&O, which began in January 2016. Alex says the i-limb prosthesis works well for him because he can rotate the thumb without using his other hand to move it.
A Bright Future
Alex is a junior at Mississippi State University and plans to become a software engineer. He says he’s also interested in becoming a peer advocate for other people with limb differences and limb loss. “My experience with being a congenital amputee could help someone or many people,” he says. “I would like to assist others and becoming a peer advocate is an easy way for me to share my story.” Julie says Alex will make an excellent peer advocate because in addition to being interested in learning the technology and capabilities of prosthetic devices, understanding the lengthy insurance process involved in getting the high-tech devices and being able to speak articulately when asked for feedback, people are drawn to him.