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Travelling hobby swimmer

Client Narelle Need in front of her car.

Narelle and her husband, Bob, have two grown children, Martin and Karen and two gorgeous granddaughters Ruby and Edie.

They have always enjoyed travelling in their caravan around Australia, walking, swimming and spending time with their children and granddaughters.

Suddenly all of this changed in June 2012. Narelle was taking her usual walk home from the newsagent, when only one block away from her home she was hit by a young driver who recklessly cut the corner and took her with him.

 As a result of this accident, Narelle had multiple hip injuries as well as having her left leg amputated above the knee.

The local medical team at Wollongong Hospital as well as the Rehabilitation team were wonderful in aiding her recovery.

Southern Prosthetics and Orthotics were instrumental in obtaining and fitting a prosthesis with a Genium Knee. Narelle has expressed her gratitude to all the staff at SPAO for their professionalism and perseverance in creating a wonderful prosthesis that has given her confidence and comfort in walking again.

She has also been fitted with an Ottobock waterproof prosthesis which enables her to swim and shower when she is away from her home.

As a result of all the care and help Narelle has experienced at SPAO, both she and Bob have been able to return to travelling this wonderful country of ours!

In addition to all the wonderful medical help she has had in returning to a “normal” life, Narelle says” My husband is my rock, I couldn’t have done all this without him”.

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