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News reporter speaks about positivity and getting back to work after her boating accident
Austin, TX, April 28, 2020 – Join us Friday, May 1st at 12:00 CDT when Ottobock will go live on Instagram with special guest, Courtney Godfrey. As a news reporter, Courtney is usually the person responsible for reporting current events but in 2017, she found herself on the other side of the story. A boating accident led to Courtney losing her left leg just below the knee. Her story of resilience and positivity at a time when she easily could have shown other emotions is inspiring.
Since losing her leg, Courtney has made it her mission to help other new amputees realize they have much more life to live. “When you have lost a leg, and you’ve been given a second chance at life – why would you return to normal when you can exceed normal,” she states. “In the end, this accident has provided me a new opportunity to help people, to be a voice, even advocate at the capitol. It’s an honor.”
Ottobock Manager of Consumer Engagement, Aaron Holm will talk with Courtney about how she was able to remain positive through trauma and amputation on Ottobock’s Instagram page. Courtney will also discuss how she returned to work and what activities she has found to keep her physically and mentally sharp.
“I always enjoy learning about people’s stories and when I met Courtney in 2017, I was immediately drawn to her positive outlook” says Holm. “I am excited to share her story and also discuss how she overcomes the challenges that come with being a new mom and amputee.”
If you are unable to attend the live event, you can find a recording post-event on Ottobock’s YouTube channel.
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.