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Alternative Running Clinic Helps Amputees

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Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford hosted their first Adaptive Running Clinic Monday night.

The clinic was led by a physical therapist from Gaylord Hospital and featured a lecture on progressive running techniques, as well as the opportunity for amputee participants to practice advanced walking and running skills.

Just today, LeAnn Vertefeuille of Groton received a brand new running leg. It’s been nearly six years to the day that Vertefeuille lost her leg at 23-years-old when she was t-boned by a drunk driver while riding her motorcycle.​

Within hours of having the new prosthetic the former Division I softball player took her first running steps in six years.

“This leg represents freedom to me, it represents being independent, being able to do things that I could never do prior to getting this leg,” she said. “It just feels free, its emotional. ”

For more information on the program you can visit gaylord.org.

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