I have been attending APC Northmead since 2006. David Howells & the team were referred to me, via another client, with whom my family have connections with & live in the same small town in North West NSW.
My right leg was amputated, above the knee, in 2005 after a farming accident in the Hunter Valley. After getting back to work, I began researching newer leg models & technologies, as I was unsatisfied with the prosthetic leg I was initially fitted with. My lifestyle & work commitments called for a leg with less restrictions & a prosthetist who could think “outside the box” & not accept the status quo. When I first met with David (12months post-accident), I was buoyed by his response & approach to newer technologies. Also his willingness to help me with my wishes to remain in the bush, without altering my career/life, which had been suggested by other “professionals”.
I have found & continue to find extreme expertise within the team, from the administration ladies out the front to the tech guys & prosthetists in the workshop out the back.
Their willingness to support me & my wishes have thoroughly helped me keep my life on track, by updating me & training me to use the latest in prosthetic leg technology, since losing my leg in the accident.
As a rural producer & a competitive horseman, I am required to perform regular physically strenuous duties in day to day life. The team at APC are always able to help adapt or modify my legs to suit such activities. Or simply fit me with the leg, which will allow me to perform such tasks & live my life to the fullest. Without this support I would not be living & competing at the level I do.
Although I do not wear my leg while riding & competing. The training I received & the leg I have been fitted with, has allowed me to accommodate all the pressures & duties of working in the livestock industry, as well as competing at a high level.
MY wife & I have 3young children, who also share our passion for horses & the farming life. They regularly ride & as such I am required to be on hand – as any dad is. The prosthetics I have been fitted with over the years at APC, have given me the confidence needed & allowed me to be the supportive dad/husband which I am required to be, without letting the amputation control my ability.
I have maintained regular visits to the Northmead office since initially visiting in 06. Even though work/family commitments have taken me as far north to Bundaberg QLD & as far west as Condamine QLD.
We still have to travel 700+km, to attend the clinic. But do so in order to maintain the high quality treatment & advice.
Over the years I have recommended David & APC Prosthetics to a number of people. Who I can happily say have visited & are now enjoying the progressive nature of the team at APC.