Temple. TX — Dozens of men and women stop and stare at the wonders of technology and how it's helping mobilize thousands of people living with disabilities everyday. It's all a part of the Temple VA Hospital's annual rememberance of National Prosthetics Day.
For event leaders, like Richard Ramey, it's all about teaching the public about prosthetics as well as showing off life-enhancing technology. He says prosthetics is not just about providing artificial limbs and body parts but also the vehicles and devices engineered to help the disabled.
"They don't think about power wheelchairs, power scooters. basically prosthetics orders anything that a provider might write a script for outpatient services," said Ramey, Chief of the Prosthetics Department of the Central Texas VA Medical Center.
On display outside the hospital on Thursday, there was look a truck, for example. On the outside, it looks like every other GMC four by four. But, if you looked on its left side door, you could see it has a chair built in, to lift a disabled person into the vehicle effortlessly.
"What we're trying to do is assist the individual with their disability and make it easier for them for their everyday life," said Ramey.
The hospital serves the needs of about 125-thousand patients annually. That's why medical officials say it's important to always be on the lookout for the latest and greatest equipment.