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Updated: Mar 2, 2022

A college freshman with a basketball scholarship and a newfound sense of independence, Kevin was starting the next chapter in his life with enthusiastic optimism. Little did he know his world was about to change that night he pulled his car over to help a fellow student in need.

Growing up in Baltimore, MD, Kevin was always full of energy and on the go, playing basketball, soccer, and football, and was always willing to help his fellow classmates. He earned a basketball scholarship to his dream college; was thrilled to be starting the next chapter of his life, meeting new people, playing basketball for his college, and exploring campus and his newfound freedom of being on his own.

On his way home from class one night, Kevin saw a car on the side of the road, pulled over to help his classmates and within seconds, his life changed. While Kevin was at his trunk getting an emergency kit, another car collided with the back of his car, pinning him, and crushing both of his legs. His right leg went through a full reconstruction, but they were unable to save his left leg and he underwent a transtibial amputation soon after the accident. At that moment, Kevin felt his life was over, that part of him was missing, and that he’d never be able to be up and active again.

Kevin went through extensive rehabilitation and felt, and he had so many questions. Will I ever play basketball again? What is a prosthetic leg? Where do I get one? What are the differences between them? Each new day came new questions, and he didn’t know where to turn; his internet searches only made this process longer and harder for him. Then, he met Dennis Haun, BS, CPO at Metro Prosthetics in Baltimore, MD, who helped him answer these questions and become optimistic about his future again.

Kevin’s first prosthesis helped him feel more independent and get back to playing basketball, but he felt the first foot he tried didn’t work with him on the court as much as he would like. When playing basketball, it’s all about foot work. You only have .3 seconds to make a decision and need to move quickly, and he felt that foot didn’t allow him to play as well as he knew he could. Dennis Haun, BS, CPO introduced him to the Freedom ShockWave, he instantly noticed how light it was and how natural it felt while walking. After walking a couple of laps around the clinic, he tried a few jumps and quick changes in direction to get a feel of how it would perform on the court. Excited, Kevin left the clinic and drove straight to where he plays basketball. Once there, he noticed how quickly and easily he was able to pivot, and his residual limb wasn’t twisting in the socket like it had been with the other foot. The vertical shock allowed him to play longer without his limb hurting.

The longer Kevin wore the ShockWave, the more he realized it wasn’t just great for basketball. He works long hours on his feet in a warehouse, and at the end of the day he felt less overall fatigue and pain in his residual limb. This allows him to play more football at home with his son since he isn’t so tired and sore after work anymore. A foodie at heart, Kevin appreciates how quickly and easily he can move around the kitchen without feeling any socket movement on his limb while he cooks for his family.

When asked if his accident caused him to think twice about helping people in the future, Kevin said no way! While his decision to pull over and help his fellow classmates that night changed his life plan, he still immediately helps those in need without a second thought. At home with his son and the rest of his family, he’s grateful for every day, and says his accident taught him how to overcome adversity in every part of his life and impart that knowledge to his loved ones and anyone that needs encouragement. By staying true to himself and never giving up, Kevin learned there is life after trauma.

PROTEOR USA honored at Hanger LIVE 2021

Feb. 16, 2021 – On Feb. 4, PROTEOR USA, a prosthetic device manufacturer, was recognized with the 2020 Rising Star Award at the 8th annual Hanger Partner Awards. The awards ceremony was held virtually at Hanger LIVE, Hanger’s annual education conference.

Hanger, Inc., is a leading provider of orthotic and prosthetic (O&P) patient care, as well as a distributor of O&P services and products. Each Hanger Partner Award winner is carefully selected by members of Hanger’s clinical and operational teams, and the awards recognize exceptional supplier partners for their role in manufacturing products used to deliver orthotic and prosthetic care and empower patients’ lives every day.

The Rising Star award recognizes an emerging leader driving industry change. PROTEOR USA has recently and rapidly expanded its footprint within the US market via its acquisitions of Ability Dynamics & key Freedom Innovations’ products, continuous investment in product and program innovation, and an unrelenting focus on the customer experience. “This award is important to all of us at PROTEOR USA in that it is a recognition of what we believed PROTEOR USA could become,” said Matt Swiggum, CEO of PROTEOR USA. “And the partnership with Hanger is an integral part of our growth story. We look forward to continuing our work together to bring innovative solutions to clinicians and amputees.”

About Proteor

PROTEOR USA, a division of PROTEOR, is a medical-device company focused on brining innovative solutions to the O&P community. The company’s product portfolio includes two of the most recognized brands in the industry (RUSH & Freedom Innovations) – and spans Knees (mechanical & micro-processor controlled), Ankles (hydraulic and microprocessor controlled), Feet (carbon fiber and fiberglass), and Accessories. To help accelerate innovation across the portfolio, PROTEOR USA operates three innovation & production centers throughout the US: Tempe, AZ; Gunnison, UT, and Irvine, CA. For more information on PROTEOR USA, please visit our website at

About Hanger, Inc.

Hanger, Inc. (NYSE: HNGR) delivers orthotic and prosthetic (O&P) patient care, and distributes O&P products and rehabilitative solutions to the broader market. Hanger's Patient Care segment is the largest owner and operator of O&P patient care clinics with approximately 800 locations nationwide. Through its Products & Services segment, Hanger distributes branded and private label O&P devices, products and components, and provides rehabilitative solutions. With nearly 160 years of clinical excellence and innovation, Hanger's vision is to lead the orthotic and prosthetic markets by providing superior patient care, outcomes, services and value. For more information on Hanger, visit

TEMPE, Ariz. & DIJON, France--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Proteor, a France-based international group specialized in prosthetic and orthotic solutions, has successfully completed its acquisition of American brand Freedom Innovations and the major part of the product portfolio from Ottobock. With this acquisition, the Proteor group is fueling its strategy to be a global leader in the international orthopaedic market. Proteor’s growth is accelerating with the addition of Freedom Innovation’s quality production, high-tech development, and well-known products: the microprocessor-controlled knee Plie3, the Kinnex and Kinterra ankles and the Agilix, DynAdapt, Sierra, Highlander and Pacifica carbon feet.

“I would like to thank all Freedom Innovations for their continued dedication, focus, hard work, and professionalism during this unpredictable time. We look forward to coming together as one family.” says Edouard Archambeaud, member of the Board of Directors of Proteor. “I would also like to thank Ottobock for working diligently towards a successful outcome and the FTC for their vote of confidence in our acquisition.”

The united organization counts more than 1,000 employees worldwide, more than doubling the US team, bolstered by four global innovation centers and a full product pipeline. The unique microprocessor products and added lower extremity prosthetics differentiate and expand the Proteor portfolio. The sales and support network is also strengthened, increasing contact with clinical customers.

“For all parties involved and especially for the employees of Freedom Innovations, the final solution is good news after several years of uncertainty and sets the future for Freedom Innovations under the roof of both Proteor and Ottobock”, says Philipp Schulte-Noelle, CEO of Ottobock. “I am especially grateful for the very constructive dialogue with the FTC in recent months and the engagement of Proteor.” Proteor welcomes more than 100 members of the Freedom Innovations team in manufacturing, sales, marketing, R&D and clinical studies from Gunnison (Utah), Irvine (California) and Germany.

“I am thrilled with the energy and momentum this change brings,” said Matt Swiggum, President and CEO of Proteor USA. “It positions us for continued growth, building on our commitment to innovation and investment in our customers and their patients.”

Proteor’s journey centers on its customers. To uphold its focus on customer relationships and service, Proteor is working closely with Ottobock to facilitate a smooth and seamless transition of the Freedom Innovations business acquired by Proteor. Ottobock retains a substantial part of the prosthetic feet business with Kintrol foot-ankle prosthesis, the Maverick product family and other carbon feet.

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