Earl Fogler: The End of Innocence
KINGWOOD, Texas—The story of a Kingwood mother who lost all four limbs while fighting a deadly strep infection has touched the hearts of many 11 News viewers.
Katy Hayes caught the Strep A infection and nearly died after giving birth in February. Her husband, Al, had to make the heart wrenching decision to have her arms and legs amputated.
It was the only way to save Katy’s life.
After watching our stories, viewers wanted to help make things easier for the family that has endured so much. Paula Marchisio is an amputee herself and was moved to help.
"I guess what caught me and tugged at my heart was when she said she couldn’t hold the baby," Marchisio said. "I called Ted up and said we need to help Katy out."
Ted Muilenburg is the owner of Muilenburg Prosthetics in downtown Houston.
"We all agreed that we thought that we’d love to help her," Muilenburg said.
What could have cost the Hayes family more than $40,000 will be donated by Muilenburg’s company.
"We’ve had a number of four prostheses. She’ll be chasing after the kids and everything soon," said Marchisio.
Before Katy Hayes gets new arms and legs, she’ll be in a wheelchair. That’s where a viewer named Chris Moodley comes in.
"When I saw the situation, I thought about it. I got a van sitting right here," Moodley said.
Moodley owns PCM Auto Repair and has a wheelchair-ready van to donate to the Hayes family.
He planned to buy the vehicle from another family that no longer needs it and fix it up. After telling that family about Katy, they decided to donate it to the cause.
"If something is in this neighborhood that can be taken from one person and given to another to make their lives better, that’s what I’d like to do," Moodley said.
We talked to the Hayes family by phone and told them the good news. Al Hayes was speechless. He said that he’s amazed by the kindness of strangers.
We plan to follow up with the Hayes family as they make their journey from the hospital in Dallas to Kingwood. That trip could happen in late May.
William J. (Bill) Brunner passed away on March 29, 2010 in Houston, Texas.
Bill practiced prosthetics for 57 years and worked for Muilenburg Prosthetics in Houston for 47 of those years before retiring in 2003.
Bill was a World War II vet and became an amputee himself in 1945 while trying to rescue a fellow shipmate that had fallen overboard while off the coast of Iwo Jima. It wasn't until 1992, almost 48 years after his accident, that Bill was awarded the Purple Heart for his war-related injury.
According to his wife, Celeste, Bill was the first person to receive a prosthetic education under the G. I. Bill of Rights. Bill was ABC Certified in 1952 and continued his education at UCLA where he was instructed by Al Muilenburg, CPO. At the conclusion of the course, he was the only student to have a perfect score which brought him immediate recognition. Soon after, Bill left his position in New Orleans and came to work with Al Muilenburg in Houston.
Bill's expertise as a prosthetist and craftsman were truly unmatched.
Hundreds of children and adults have benefitted from Bill's half-century of work in the prosthetic field, and he will be greatly missed.
Click here to see photos and memories of Bill's life.
MANUALS FOR ABOVE-KNEE and BELOW-KNEE AMPUTEES
Written by MPI founder Al Muilenburg and E. Bennett Wilson, these manuals make important information typically provided by an amputee’s treatment team readily accessible. Expectations following the postsurgical period, fitting and fabrication, training, and prosthetic care and maintenance are all detailed.
For more information, contact practitioner Earl Fogler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to download the manuals order form.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. My doctor says I will need an amputation. When should I contact a prosthetist?
A. If you have the time prior to surgery, you can research your options. Begin by asking for referrals from your physician, physical therapist or other specialists who will be working with you.
Knowing who will be providing your prosthetic care in advance can be comforting to you, because you will have the opportunity to talk to a practitioner, visit the facility, and observe the staff.
For qualified care, the practitioner and facility you choose should be certified and accredited by The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC).
Q. What makes Muilenburg Prosthetics, Inc. different from other facilities?
A. We are an established prosthetic facility that has been family owned and operated since 1948. Every practitioner is ABC-Certified and attends continuing education seminars and clinics to keep abreast of the latest in technology and patient care. We have patients that travel from areas far outside of Houston and even internationally. Many of our patients have been with us for decades.
Q. Do I need a prescription for your services?
A. You will need a prescription for a prosthesis, but to visit our office for evaluations or follow-ups, no prescription is needed.
Q. How long will it take to get my prosthesis?
A. Usually several weeks. On your first visit, your practitioner will ask you many questions and make a thorough evaluation of your needs. Then, your residual limb will be measured, and fabrication of your prosthesis will begin. Several more visits may be required before the fitting is optimized.
Q. How often should I see my prosthetist?
A. Prosthetic devices need periodic checkups to insure maximum performance, wear, and comfort; generally, twice a year. But an inspection should be performed if any of the following problems arise:
• A loose or uncomfortable fit
• Skin irritation, blisters, or pain on the residual limb
• Squeaking noises
• Cracks, loose parts, or other obvious signs of wear and tear
• Weight gain or loss
• Change in activity level
Q. Does my insurance pay for your services?
A. Insurance covers many prosthetic services. Understanding your plan is key to maximizing your benefits. To make sure you are fully aware of what you need to do prior to visiting us, call the number on the back of your insurance identification card, and ask if you need preauthorization for a prosthetic product or service.
It’s important to remember that your plan may require pre-authorization. If you do not follow pre-authorization procedures, you may be required to pay a larger portion of the claim, or even all of the costs.
Q. What insurance contracts do you accept?
A. MPI is an approved provider for Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Administration and most other third party reimbursement sources.
Q. What if I don’t have insurance?
A. If you don’t have insurance, we may be able to refer you to organizations that can help.
We’re here to help in any way we can, so don’t hesitate to call us with any questions you may have.