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Hanger Clinic patient Winter the Dolphin and her clinical team featured in new web series

Clearwater, Fla., March 15, 2016 – Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s new web series, Rescue-Clearwater, features a behind-the-scenes look at Hanger Clinic patient Winter the Dolphin’s rescue in its second episode, “Winter’s Story.” The episode includes interviews with Hanger Clinic Vice President of Prosthetics Kevin Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP, and Hanger Clinic Area Clinic Manager Dan Strzempka, CPO, Winter’s prosthetists.

You can watch the episode at Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s website or YouTube channel:

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About Winter – A young Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, Winter was stranded and caught in a crab trap near Cape Canaveral in December 2005, when she was just three months old. Her tail fluke eventually came off, as it was severely damaged by the trap’s rope entanglement. Winter received around-the-clock medical attention in an effort to save her life. Thanks to the rescue and rehabilitative care of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Winter survived. However, she then adapted to a less efficient, damaging side-to-side swimming style, as there was no tail fluke to give her thrust. Thanks to the ingenuity of Hanger Clinic Vice President of Prosthetics Kevin Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP and his colleague Dan Strzempka, CPO, Winter became the first dolphin to have her entire tail fluke replaced with a prosthetic device. Additionally, the unique levels of research and development necessary to fit a prosthetic tail on a dolphin resulted in the development of WintersGel™, a new gel material that is benefiting human amputee patients worldwide. Winter’s story of survival has become an inspiration to people all over the world.

About Rescue-Clearwater: In February, Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) debuted their new online video series, Rescue-Clearwater, a real-life follow-up to the successful Dolphin Tale movies filmed at CMA. The series, filmed on location at the facilities and surrounding waters of CMA, is produced and told by the CMA team. Each episode will go behind the scenes of CMA’s renowned marine life rescue work and life-changing inspirational work with children and wounded soldiers.

About Hanger Clinic: Founded in 1861 by the first amputee of the Civil War, Hanger Clinic, a business unit of Hanger, Inc., owns and operates 750+ patient care clinics nationwide, including 53 in Florida. The certified clinicians of Hanger provide patients with the latest in orthotic and prosthetic solutions, including microprocessor devices for those with limb loss and neuromuscular technologies for those with paralysis due to stroke, MS and other debilitating conditions. For more information on Hanger, visit, and for more information on Hanger Clinic, visit


Krisita Burket, Hanger, Inc.

Beth Hallmark, Hanger, Inc.

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