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|ABC's Good Morning America features Hanger Clinic patient Kaleb "Fred" Langdale's survival story and new prosthetic technology|
New York, New York, September 10, 2012 – 17-year-old Kaleb Langdale, known to friends and family as “Fred”, survived an alligator attack in July while swimming in a popular swimming area in Moore Haven, Florida, but lost his right arm below-the-elbow in the attack. Supported by a team of clinicians from Hanger Clinic including Dan Strzempka from Sarasota, Pete DiPaolo of Fort Myers, and Alistair Gibson and Troy Farnsworth of Hanger Clinic’s Upper Extremity Prosthetics Program, Langdale was fit with the newest version of the bebionic hand. Langdale, his new prosthesis, and Hanger Clinic prosthetic team member Strzempka were featured on ABC’s Good Morning America today. Watch the piece in its entirety here: http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/teen-lost-arm-gator-gets-prosthetic-121911720--abc-news-topstories.html.
Langdale’s prosthetic arm, customized for the avid outdoorsman with a camouflage water transfer design, was funded in part by Inner Wheel and its program that provides myo-electric prosthetic technology to children under 18-years old.
About Hanger – Founded in 1861 by James Edward Hanger, the first amputee of the Civil War, Hanger, Inc. (NYSE: HGR) owns and operates 700+ Hanger Clinic locations nationwide. Specializing in integrated rehabilitative solutions, the certified clinicians of Hanger provide patients with the latest in orthotic and prosthetic solutions, including microprocessor-controlled prosthetic limbs for amputees and neuromuscular technologies for those with paralysis due to stroke, MS and other debilitating conditions. After a six-month celebration of its 150th anniversary, on February 1, 2012 Hanger unveiled a comprehensive new brand identity to position the company for the future. The new brand includes renaming the parent company from Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc. to “Hanger, Inc.”, and referring to the patient care business as “Hanger Clinic” (formerly Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics). For more information on Hanger and the new brand, visit www.hanger.com.
Jennifer Bittner, Hanger, Inc.
Krisita Burket, Hanger, Inc.