Double amputee walks again after horrific accident

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It took thousands of miles for one man to take a few steps. He’s a Caribbean native who traveled to Nebraska for a life-changing procedure.

You can call it fate Or luck. But, one interaction helped changed this double amputee’s life forever.

For the past 14 years simple task have been more of a challenge for Otis Stephen.

“In the beginning I thought that I probably wouldn’t get back on feet again and life was very hard on my side, not having legs,” said Otis Stephen.

Otis was hit by a car in 1994, which caused him to lose both his legs. Due to terrible prosthetics the 35 year old struggled to walk. In St. Lucia Otis didn’t have access to more modern prosthetic technology.

His luck would change with an interaction with Kearney native Stephanie Quick in St. Lucia.

“I asked him to kind of walk and did an evaluation and just watching him walk on those legs…it was hard to see and I immediately knew that I wanted to help him,” said Stephanie Quick.

Stephanie’s husband Brandon is a prosthetist at Hanger Clinic in Kearney. He agreed to build and design a new pair of prosthetic legs. This procedure required Otis to travel to the United States with a visa. Which became a challenge.

“He had to produce a marriage license, land documents, financial pages. Once we got all the paperwork in order I had to fly him to Barbados and he had to meet with the Us embassy and have an interview and then they determined there if he would get the visa,” said Stephanie.

But, the Quicks weren’t going to let paperwork hinder Otis’s dream.

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