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David Tupper - from U.S. Marine on the battlefield to fighting through his darkest days before learning about the revolutionary C-Brace® knee-ankle-foot orthosis.
David Tupper was doing what he always dreamed of doing; proudly serving his country in the U.S. Marines. He had always thought of going into the service and when 9-11 occurred, David knew this was his calling. He enlisted in the U.S. Marines and served 4 combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan over nearly 11 years. David was on track for a successful career in the Marines having received several decorations for evacuating the wounded in Fallujah.
During his fourth and final tour in Afghanistan in 2012, he was severely injured in an IED attack. David was lifted five feet off the ground and thrown 13 feet causing a broken lower spine, shrapnel deep in his body and brain trauma. As a result of his injuries, David became paralyzed from the hip down and was unable to walk. Once a budding athlete and active husband and father, he was left to his own thoughts and darkest moments.
After seven years adapting to life in a wheelchair, David was introduced to the C-Brace orthosis by Ottobock. He hadn’t heard of the microprocessor-controlled technology but was immediately intrigued when his orthotist showed him a video of the product. After 45 minutes of ensuing the fit was perfect, David was out of his wheelchair and walking, unassisted, for the first time in years.
“Putting on the C-Brace for the first time was a feeling I could never relive again. Right then, it was me again” says David.
Join us on Facebook Live Thursday, July 10 at 12 CDT to learn more about David, his road to recovery, and the technology that allowed him to go from serving his country to serving his family.
If you are unable to attend the live event, you can find a recording post-event on Ottobock’s Ask Aaron web page.
Ottobock develops “wearable human bionics” – medical technology products for people with limited mobility in the fields of Prosthetics, Orthotics and Human Mobility (wheelchairs). The company, founded in 1919, also treats patients in its Patient Care division. Ottobock's mission: Enhancing the quality of life and health economic benefits of those they serve. In 2018, Ottobock began using their biomechanical expertise for industrial applications as well with the introduction of the Paexo exoskeleton. Subsidiaries in 59 countries offer “Made in Germany” quality worldwide and employ more than 7,000 people. The international activities of the company are coordinated from the head office in Duderstadt, Germany. The company opened its doors in the U.S. in 1958 and in Canada in 1978. Ottobock has been supporting the Paralympic Games with technical expertise since 1988.