Leg braces donated to family of child with Spina Bifida who had them stolen
by Amanda Quintana, KVEW News
Updated: Apr 25, 2017 07:54 PM PDT
RICHLAND, Wash. – Two weeks ago, a car prowler stole one-year-old Olan Williams’ Ankle Foot Orthosis braces from the family car in the Fred Meyer parking lot in Richland.
Now his family is feeling the generosity of the community.
Two leg brace companies, including Cascade DAFO who made the original pair, have offered to make him new braces for free.
The braces help Olan learn to walk and keep his bones in the right place. He has clubbed feet, a result of Spina Bifida.
Tri-Cities Orthotics and Prosthetics in Richland offered their time to get him fitted.
“We see things getting kids up all the time. It’s what we do, we love it. It makes you really mad when that process is thwarted so getting him back going is just wonderful,” said Andrew Lambert with Tri-Cities Orthotics and Prosthetics.
The leg brace manufacturer in Ferndale, Washington contacted Lambert after seeing the KAPP/KVEW story.
They agreed to create new braces for Olan free of charge. The braces cost about $1,000, not including casting and doctor’s visits.
“Hopefully they fit perfectly and his feet haven’t gone back too far in progress,” said Olan’s mother, Logan Williams.
“Without them his feet can become more twisted or plantar flex so he needs the braces to stabilize him and help stand him up,” said Lambert.
Tri-Cities Orthotics & Prosthetics Has Moved!
[Official Press Release]
Richland, Washington (July 2016) — After 16 years on Swift Boulevard, Tri-Cities Orthotics & Prosthetics has moved over to 317 Wellsian Way. The new clinic is approximately one mile from Kadlec Medical Center in Richland. Construction was complete in June, and Tri-Cities Orthotics & Prosthetics began seeing patients in the new location on July 5.
For Tri-Cities Orthotics & Prosthetics, a patient care facility specializing in custom artificial limbs and braces, the new office space means improved patient services, new amenities for employees and room for growth.
“The new building will provide greater efficiency in how we serve patients. As we started to outgrow our previous office, we searched for a location that’s just outside the increasingly busy hospital area—but still close by. Our new office has great visibility, easy highway access, and ample parking.” said Tamara Carswell, Clinic Manager.
Most locals know the newly remodeled building as “my old dentist’s office” and remember the atrium that extends across the south side of the solar design floor plan. The atrium is now a long gait room for patients to practice walking. The dental suites have been converted to fully-enclosed private exam rooms. The old entrance ramp has been replaced for easy wheelchair access.
Tri-Cities Orthotics & Prosthetics employees are excited about the larger administrative offices, spacious reception area, and updated lab area for fabrication of prosthetic limbs and orthotic devices.
“We were fortunate to find such a nice space so close to our current office. We really wanted to limit the impact that relocation could have on our patients and our employees. I don’t think we could have found a better location for our team. Our new location and enhanced operational efficiencies will help us continue to grow and evolve to keep pace with our patients’ needs, allowing us to provide exceptional value and superior service along the way,” said Andrew Lambert, Owner.
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