Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc, headquartered in Gettysburg, Pa, recently announced one its patients will be featured on the ABC show Extreme Makeover-Home Edition. The episode is slated to air on December 9th on ABC, check local listings for broadcast times. 

The show will feature Ability patient Wyzhir Johnson-Goslee, aged 16 years old. Johnson-Goslee lost his left hand following an accident during a home improvement project. Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics practitioner John Jacobs, CPO, worked with Touch Bionics, Hilliard, Ohio, to have a prosthesis made for Johnson-Goslee.

The device, called the i-Limb, is a prosthetic hand with five individually powered digits, that, “Picks up the electrical signals of the muscles in his forearm, and as he fires those muscles, it allows the hand to open and close," Jacobs explains.

Johnson-Goslee adapted by focusing on ways to help others, including those with missing limbs, creating Wyzhir’s Dream Fund. The charity provides funding for artificial limbs to people who need them.

Johnson-Goslee’s efforts gained the attention of Extreme Makeover producers, who recruited the Extreme Makeover team, Annapolis, Md-based contractors The Fusion Companies, and community volunteers and sponsors to build a house for the Johnson-Goslee family. 

The show will provide an opportunity to spotlight Johnson-Goslee’s new prosthesis and raise awareness of the availability and benefits of high-technology prosthetic and orthotic devices, says Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics. The company adds that Johnson-Goslee’s presence on the show will also emphasize the importance of tailoring artificial limbs to meet patients’ needs regarding both fit and function.

Johnson-Goslee’s old home was demolished and rebuilt, providing his family with an eco-friendly, solar powered home to accommodate their needs.

For more information, visit http://www.AbilityPO.com

Source(s): Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics Inc, Eye On Annapolis, 9 News Now