Don Elgin’s Story
I’m one of the lucky ones, I was born without the below half of my left leg and when the doctors did the tidy up job on my stump they did an almost perfect job giving me an ideal stump length to allow me to wear almost any prosthetic product. Over my 43 years on the planet I think I have gone close to trying them all.
Why I am not likely to wear a leg in the future that’s not a Cheetah® Xplore is because I’m not sure there is a better leg in the world for me. It is perfect for me. I’m a very active person from the time I wake up until the time I go to bed. I believe life is short and it is up to us to get as much out of every day as we can.
In saying that, I have been privileged to wear many different Prosthetic products which all of them did a good job at allowing me to live the life of my choosing, that included attempting to be the best below knee amputee in the world in the Pentathlon, 5 track and field event. In pursuit of this goal, I represented Australia at 4 World Championships, 3 Paralympics, 2 World Cups and 1 Commonwealth Games. I climbed to number 2 in the world in the Pentathlon and in Athens 2004 became a Triple Paralympic medallist.
In my opinion the key to the success of the Cheetah® Xplore is the durability and design ensuring I can move straight into a jog or run at any time. No need to change legs when my son asks me to have a kick of the footy with him. Some products are designed to give an ideal walking gait or an advantage to the amputee to run, the Cheetah® Xplore combines both seamlessly.
In addition to being able to run at any moment, I really appreciate the light weight, comfort and the lack of back pain when I am traveling and exploring around the cities I visit. This satisfaction is also evident when I am working as a high-performance facilitator due to my job, which has me on my feet all day and I am lucky enough to not be limited in any way.
Like all Össur products I have used, I would say you only get out of them what you put into them. I love that I am not restricted in anyway at all because of my leg. As an active father of four and someone who is on my feet for most of the day, I find the Cheetah® Xplore is the perfect leg for me.