Miracle Limbs was asked to assist the Decker family, victims of the horrific
tornados that hit Henryville, Indiana in March 2012.
Mother of two children, Stephanie Decker lost both legs when she threw herself over her children in the basement as a tornado
completely decimated their home.
Miracle Limbs flew up to Indiana from Florida to assist Stephanie and her family as she adapts to her new reality.
Stephanie is doing incredibly well. She is already
shrinking on the BK side and will be getting a socket
change probably in a week or two (all within
expectations). She had the graft surgery on the AK (Above
Knee) side about two weeks ago. Dr. Smith says that so far
it is healing great.
Jamarion is a
cheerful and gregarious little 6 year old who lost both arms at the age of 8 months. His insurance would only pay for hooks on each
arm and Jamarion chose not to wear them, learning to write with his feet instead.
Miracle Limbs raised funds for him to have one myoelectric arm and one passive arm. See
the video of him learning to use the
fingers on his new prosthetic arm.
Corey Kent was born on 7/28/88 and raised in Cape Coral, Florida. A gifted student, he graduated from Mariner High School in
2006 with honors. Corey completed one year of college at University of Central Florida in Orlando.
After joining the army and completing basic training, Corey was deployed to Afghanistan. After only three weeks in
Afghanistan, on July 12, 2010 at the age of 21, he was critically injured while on foot patrol. He lost both his legs and
all the fingers on his left hand, due to an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion. After being transferred to two
mash units in Afghanistan, Corey was transferred to Germany and then to Washington D.C. To the Walter Reed Army Medical
Corey was awarded the Purple Heart and a combat action badge. He was still on a ventilator when he turned 22 years of age.
He was moved from the surgery ICU unit on Friday, August 13th to ward 57 which is the amputee ward.
Corey faces several more surgeries as well as some extensive skin grafting. He is truly a hero to all of us.
Corey's mother, Tiffany and his stepfather Dan Ashby have been by Corey's side 24/7 since arriving at WRAMC. His younger
sister, Cassie, had traveled to Germany and then to Washington D.C. With her mother and Dan and has since returned to Cape
Louisa. On January of 2001, Louisa was the victim of a horrific automobile accident, which resulted with
the amputation of her left leg above the knee as well as 3 toes on her right foot.
y no fault of her own Louisa was unable to work or drive.
With no funds to see a prosthetist or physical therapist,
she was confined to a wheel chair and dependent on others to assist her with various household chores as well as providing her
In 2009 Miracle Limbs-Courage in Motion was contacted by a friend from her church asking for assistance. Following the call,
Miracle Limbs-Courage in Motion proceeded with peer visitations at her home, followed by making arrangements for
fittings for a prosthetic leg as well as physical therapy.
Today, Louisa is well on her way to returning to work as well being more independent with her everyday activities.
On November 15, 2012,
Miracle Limbs-Courage in Motion was contacted by
Naples Community Hospital regarding Juan Ybara,
a 57 year old widower who had his leg amputated
below the knee as he had been diagnosed with
Peripheral Vascular Disease (poor blood
Upon visiting Juan, Miracle
Limbs-Courage in Motion realized that Juan was a
bit confused, scared and very uncertain about
his future as he had no one to go home to or no
home to go to as he was homeless. Miracle
Limbs-Courage in Motion visited Juan regularly
assuring him that we would provide him with his
artificial limb, as well as physical therapy and
find him a place to live. Beginning with
purchasing clothing, shoes and toiletries for
Juan a trusting relationship began to grow and
Juan was more accepting of the fact that he was
After several months of
searching for housing for Juan, Miracle
Limbs-Courage in Motion made an agreement with
the Immokalee Friendship House to take Juan in
as a resident as long as Miracle Limbs-Courage
in Motion made sure his rent was taken care of
until we were able to find a job for Juan.
On February 14, 2013 Juan
was released from the hospital and Miracle
Limbs-Courage in Motion took him to the
Immokalee Friendship House, where a nurse will
be checking and changing bandages and disbursing
his medications on a regular basis. We will be
keeping in touch with him and his progress, and
as soon as the wound is completely healed we
will be providing him with a prosthetic limb,
and physical therapy to learn to walk.
Our next challenge for Juan
is assisting him in finding a job so he can live
a productive life.
Juan is a remarkable human
being and he has a powerful weapon, a brave
October 24,1994, the car Marco was driving stalled. He had his wife steer the car while he
pushed the vehicle onto the shoulder of the road. In the blink of an eye Marco was hit by an oncoming car.
leg was mostly totally severed above the knee.
Marco's left leg had broken bones, and he
suffered damage to his lower
spine and neck, along with facial damage which required plastic surgery. His liver was damaged. Marco was rushed to
the hospital where his right leg was amputated above the knee, as well as surgeries to repair other damage.
Marco was not able
to continue working at his screen printing shop, as he was confined to a wheel chair.
He did not have the financial means pay
for an artificial limb along with the necessary rehabilitation. In 2009 Marco's doctor contacted Miracle Limbs-Courage in
Motion, who immediately met with Marco at his home.
Miracle Limbs followed up by making arrangements with a prosthetist
to fit a
prosthetic leg and obtain physical therapy.
Today Marco is back working at his printing shop and is able to provide for his family.
He returned to bicycling and is getting back in shape physically, mentally and spiritually.
Thomas, a double below the knee amputee, is diabetic and had one leg amputated several years ago.
Recently he had the other leg amputated. He is in good spirits, but
is unsure as to his medical coverage.
It is our goal to assist Thomas as he controls his diabetes and provide financial aid for two prosthetics if not covered.
Cheryl, a double below-the-knee amputee as of
July 2009, had amputation surgery, including the loss of two fingers, at NCH. Cheryl is still healing and has had complications with pneumonia.
Cheryl will need financial assistance in some areas and Miracle Limbs-Courage in Motion will stay with her and her husband until she can raise her arms in in victory. They have both had a very difficult adjustment period and keep in constant communication with us.
Denny. On May 2009, 68
year old Denny
discovered a small wound on his right foot.
Thinking it was just a splinter Denny went on a
scheduled vacation to Texas. Within two weeks
the wound began to bother Denny and he
experienced pain in his foot, at which time he
and his wife Debby went to the emergency room
where it was confirmed that he had an infection
and was prescribed with antibiotics and pain
medication. Upon his return to Naples, Florida,
Denny went to a podiatrist. Following many
treatments, Denny’s foot continued to get worse.
was compounded with the fact that he had one
major and two minor heart attacks and was given
a twenty five percent chance of surviving. Denny
did survive and was on his way to recovery;
However, he had developed skin sores and heel
ulcers and he was taken back to NCH downtown
Naples where he went through extensive tests to
find out that Denny had vascular neuropathy, a
condition that affects the nerves controlling
the blood vessels. In Denny’s case the only
remedy was to amputate his leg above the knee.
Denny now faced the most difficult decision he
would have to make. His life was going to change
and challenge his soul to the core.
As fate would have
it, Bob Ayres, an amputee and founder of Miracle
Limbs-Courage in Motion was on his way into NCH
to visit with an amputee when Debby Huston saw
Bob and asked him if he would visit with Denny
in his hospital room.
In Denny’s words:
“Bob came into my
hospital room and answered all my questions and
assured me that all would be good. Upon
returning home from the hospital, feeling a loss
of identity and feeling sorry for myself, I
received a call from Bob and then he came over
to my home and we spent time talking. It must
have been fate that my wife ran into Bob at the
time I neededsomeone that could understand what I was
going through. I am on my way to a good life
with the help of my loving wife, Debbie, who has
been here for me and believes in me.
I do feel that God
has spared me, maybe to help someone with the
same attitude. I know that through this journey
I will be an inspiration to others and show them
that with a friend like Bob, and
Limbs I can accomplish anything”
What Bob kept
telling me is true. “It is true that impossible
in an option, not a fact.”
In July 2010, resent high school graduate
Delano's life plans changed drastically when he
and some of his friends decided to go for a swim
in an Estates canal in Naples Florida. He was
attacked by a 10-foot alligator. He survived by
punching and pulling himself away from the
gator, but he lost his left hand in the process.
As time passed, Tim was unable to find a job,
began withdrawing from society and falling into
a depressed state of mind. Tim's mother, Debbie,
contacted Miracle Limbs-Courage in Motion
desperate to find help for Tim.
Bob visited Tim several times, while he was
living with his parents. Arrangements were made
with a local prosthetic company to have Tim
fitted with a prosthetic arm. After finding out
that Tim wanted to become a marine mechanic,
Miracle Limbs-Courage in Motion worked with
Lorenzo Walker Technical School, towards a
scholarship for Tim. Tim will be starting school
soon and will have marine mechanic certification
within 18 months. The prosthetist that Miracle
Limbs set up for him is now designing a hand
that can virtually take “snap on” tools so that
he can pursue his dream.
Message from Tim's mother:
I just want to drop you a line to tell you how
thankful my husband and I are that you have
taken an interest in helping our son. There's
nothing that we can say to let you know how much
we appreciate everything you are trying to do
for our him.
He is, as you can see, very down and in a bad
state of mind not knowing which way to go at
this time in his life. He should have endless
possibilities to look forward to, and he no
longer feel he has a handicap with one hand. I
thank God every day that he is strong as he is
now. It's the only way he is still here with us.
Let me know any way we can help you help our
You are my son's angel!!”
Sincerely Debbie Delano
Florica lost her leg in the earthquake in Haiti.
Her emergency surgery needed to be redone, and
Miracle Limbs helped her acquire an appropriate
Per Itzel’s Mom “My daughter, Itzel, was
born with a tumor (Myofibromatosis). She
had three surgeries on her right fore- arm.
Itzel endured chemotherapy. I had to quit my
job to take care of my daughter, as well as
take her to all of her Doctor’s
On October of 2010, Doctor Reed at All
Children’s Specialty Hospital in St.
Petersburg, Florida told my husband and me
that we had to make an important decision
and gave us two weeks to think aboutwhether to amputate Itzel's arm or to
undergo another round of chemotherapy that
had no chance of working and had not been
proven to work and had bad side effects on
the heart. It was a very difficult decision
to amputate her arm, but my daughter had a
better chance of living.
My daughter will benefit a lot with the help
of Miracle Limbs-Courage in Motion. My
husband works in the construction industry
and it has been very difficult for us this
past year economically. It has also been
very stressful for our entire family. My
other children have suffered also with this
situation as we have had to cut back on many
Now,Itzel is progressing, and although
she has a lot of work ahead of her learning
to use her prosthetic arm, I am thankful
that Miracle Limbs-Courage in Motion is
available to assist with her prosthetic arm
and is providing support and encouragement
in many ways both financial and emotional.
We are happy that Miracle limbs-Courage in
Motion exists and are grateful for all the
assistance we have received. Words cannot
describe our feelings for all the help we
have received from them. It means a lot to
my daughter and our family. Thank you Bob.
Robert Easley, Jr. was severely
injured in action on October 15, 2012 while
conducting operations in southern
Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring
Freedom (OEF). While on foot patrol,
Sergeant Easley stepped on an Improvised
Explosive Device (IED) and lost both of his
legs making him a bilateral above knee
amputee. He also sustained multiple injuries
to his right hand including partial
amputation of his pointer, middle and index
fingers, a sliced tendon on his pinky, and
large wounds on the palm and top of his
Sergeant Easley was
on second deployment. He first deployed for
14 months (2008 – 2009) with the 10th
Mountain Division out of Fort Drum, NY as an
infantryman (1-87). He served in Iraq as
part of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).
Shortly after his 1st tour, he
attended a yearlong school to become an
Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Tech. He
deployed in January of 2012 with the 787th
EOD out of Fort Lewis, WA.
Sergeant Easley is
currently at Walter Reed Military Medical
Center in Bethesda, MD where he is receiving
in Motion is providing financial assistance
to Sergeant Easley’s family so that they can
be with Robert while he is recuperating at
Walter Reed, and isprepared to assist when he is
released to return home.
On October 8, 2009, 43 year old Stephen
Clark a Ft. Myers resident, was riding
his motorcycle when a car ran a stop
sign and hit Stephen broad side.
Stephen was taken by ambulance to Lee
Memorial Hospital emergency room.
Stephen's right leg was badly damaged
and had to be operated at which time a
metal rod which ran from his knee to his
ankle was screwed into his bone. Stephen
was released from the hospital one month
later and convalesced at his
Three months later his wound site
contracted an infection which triggered
further damage. The decision
was made to amputate Stephens right leg
below the knee and was released from the
hospital after three weeks without
physical therapy or prosthetic
information. Stephen moved into his
small apartment and managed to get
around with crutches.
One year later in desperation Stephen
placed an add in Craigs List inquiring
if anyone knew where he could get a used
artificial limb that they would like to
donate to him. As fate would have it
someone saw the ad and contacted Miracle
Limbs-Courage in Motion.
Miracle Limbs-Courage in Motion made
financial arrangements with a local
prosthetist to have Stephen fitted with
a new prosthetic leg, as well as
physical therapy to strengthen his
muscles and learn to walk again.
Delia. On July 2012, fifty nine year old Delia
Vasquez had her arm amputated below the
elbow after a blood clot occluded her
blood supply. In addition to this new
disability, Delia has end-stage kidney
disease which requires daily dialysis.
Delia has a long history of diabetes for
which she uses injectable medications.
Delia lives in a very small house in
Immokalee, Florida with her husband and
son who are both dealing with
disabilities. Consequently the family
does not have the physical or financial
ability to assist her with activities of
daily living with the new loss of her
right hand, as Delia has been the
primary caregiver to her husband and
Miracle Limbs-Courage in Motion was
contacted by Delia's sister, Lillian,
asking for assistance. We visited Delia
at the hospital and assured her that
Miracle Limbs would assist her with
prosthetic limb, and have also given her
an electric wheel chair which would make
it easier for her to go to her dialysis
sessions. Her fittings are in progress.
She has a great and positive attitude
and we are blessed to be working with