Starting January 18th, on the Discovery Health Channel in the US, a new TV series charts the individual stories of men, women and children who are overcoming personal tragedies with the help of the family-run Orthotic Prosthetic Center in Fairfax, Virginia. (10-11pm ET/PT). Starting January 18th, on the Discovery Health Channel in the US, a new TV series charts the individual stories of men, women and children who are overcoming personal tragedies with the help of the family-run Orthotic Prosthetic Center in Fairfax, Virginia. (10-11pm ET/PT).
According to Discovery, this pioneering new series provides a rare look into the high-tech world of one of America's top prosthetics labs and the lives of the people they help.
A soldier's leg is destroyed in an enemy attack. A woman's arm is crushed in a car collision. For these survivors and thousands like them, it's not about the missing limbs - it's about being complete without them.
Each year, hundreds of people who have lost limbs turn to the Orthotic Prosthetic Center (OPC) - a family-owned and family-operated prosthetics lab in Fairfax, Va. - for help in rebuilding their bodies and their lives.
Rebuilt: The Human Body Shop follows the remarkable personal journeys of men, women and children who are overcoming tragedy and introduces the dedicated professionals who are helping them rebuild their hopes, dreams and ambitions.
Each episode features three people in the process of acquiring new limbs and explores the highly emotional experiences as they take those crucial first steps toward reaching an important goal or milestone. For a former triathlete adjusting to a prosthetic leg, riding a bicycle is his goal. For a boy with an artificial foot, kicking a soccer ball keeps his dream of playing the game alive. For a woman with a brand new arm, swimming a lap across the pool is a victory. Whether they return to their normal lives or become empowered to reach beyond, each episode chronicles the extraordinary challenges and triumphs of people in the process of restoring their lives.
Rebuilt: The Human Body Shop takes viewers into the world of orthotics and prosthetics, where there's no such thing as "one size fits all" - each device is as unique as the individual. For the Weintrob family and their close-knit team of clinicians, an unconventional approach to their clients is often what works best. How well is someone adjusting to a new limb?
For former Olympic athlete Elliot Weintrob, the lab's director of prosthetics, finding that out may mean jogging side-by-side with a client, challenging another to a bike race or counseling a new patient struggling with self-image - all under the watchful eye of his mother, Joan, a certified prosthetist orthotist, and his father, Harry, the number cruncher. Unlike in other medical practices, most prosthetics patients become clients for life, and the long-term relationships they develop with their clinicians are an integral part of the healing process.