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This week’s #featureFriday patient is Mr. Larry Sowell. He is an electrician and has worked full time at a local medical facility for the last 20 years and also preaches at Pleasant Hill Free Will Baptist Church in Headland, AL. After being diagnosed with sarcoma in his left arm in 1997, he began chemo and radiation treatments, injections and surgery, but ultimately underwent forequarter amputation (the removal of his arm, scapula and clavicle). Although Larry has been faced with several obstacles in his life, he has refused to give up.

Larry has been meeting with our Prosthetic team at SBJS for the last 2 years. When we first met Larry, he had poor posture and could not tolerate anything touching his residual limb, but after some trial and error and some creativity, Brandon from our Prosthetic department came up with a training tool. Larry wore what they affectionately refer to as “his turtle shell” which helped him adjust to the friction and pressure of a potential forequarter prosthesis. They slowly began adding weights to the shell for Larry to build up his muscles again with the goal of tolerating the weight of a prosthesis. While Larry was building his muscles, with his shell and at the gym, Brandon was busy custom-building his myoelectric forequarter prosthetic, an externally powered artificial limb controlled with the electrical signals generated naturally by Larry’s own muscles.

The photos seen in the comments show a snapshot of the the journey and this video is from the day Larry was issued the finished product. Larry will continue to meet with Brandon and Lisa at SBJS to make any necessary adjustments so he can maximize the use of his new arm. We are thankful to be part of this journey with Larry. He is truly inspiring! #southernbone
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Brandon checking for fit of Larry's new prosthetic.

Lisa, Larry and Brandon

Larry's "turtle shell."

Larry is such a good person always have a smile on his face and he is a man of God and he will 🙏🙏 🙏 pray for you anytime and any we're bless you bro Larry

We first met Bro. Larry through our now deceased brother Daniel Watkins, my precious Mama and Daddy fell in love with him. They will be thrilled to know Bro Larry your news. God bless you and prayers for your journey.

He is truly an inspiration!! Very happy for you, Larry!

Great news for Larry! He is such an inspiration!

From what you've said about Larry, he must be a one-in-a-million kind of person. I'm so proud of you Brandon and Lisa, and I know Enoch would be too.

He is an amazing man, God bless him. He will have many stairs in his crown. Love y’all

Thank God for the staff doing an excellent job on Mr. Larry. God is so Awesome to allow technology to be advanced like it is. Be blessed with your new arm prosthetic Mr. Larry.

So happy for you Larry

I’ve known Larry for over 7 years now & he always has a smile on his face. I am so happy for him. Brandon, I didn’t know you had mad skills!

Larry is a wonderful and generous person. Though I retired from Medical Center more than two years ago, I recall asking Larry to provide spiritual support to several patients and he eagerly did so, often continuing these relationships long after the patients’ discharge.

Larry is one of the friendliest guys you can meet. Always has positive words to share . I am so happy for him.

Love him An awesome Christian man !!!

He’s been an inspiration to many people for a long time. He’s so deserving.

I’m so happy for him. Couldn’t think of a more deserving person!!!!

That man is amazing. Sure hasn’t slowed him down

Such a deserving individual. Good luck Larry.

This is great. So happy for him. Larry is such an inspiration and always has a smile on his face no matter what. God bless you

Larry you are such an inspiration. This man never stops. He has been a blessing to so many people.

Larry is a great guy ! So happy for him !

So very happy for you Larry. What an inspiration! The Sullivans, friends of Bryant and Cheryl.

So very proud of you and for you you have been and steel bless me ever time I get to see thank God for you

So happy for Larry! He is a wonderful man and is joyful in all circumstances!

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Arika is the sweetest! 🤗

Arika is the best!!

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