Progressive O&P Helps a Survivor of Domestic Violence Get the Prosthesis She Deserves

ALBERTSON, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Did you know that almost one-third of women worldwide who have been in a
relationship report that they have experienced some sort of physical
and/or sexual violence by their intimate partner*? Two years ago,
Progressive O&P was introduced by Help & Shelter, an organization
founded in 1995 to work against all types of violence, to the tragic
story of Natasha Houston. Just three years ago Natasha witnessed the
death of her two children and lost her own arm and three fingers, a
hideous crime committed by her boyfriend at the time. To read her full
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After hearing her heartbreaking story, the team at Progressive O&P were
passionate about helping Natasha receive the best prosthetic care
possible. After two years of waiting on a visa and finalizing
arrangements, the team was happy to welcome her into the office last
week. Certified Prosthetist Abe Mathews said, “Natasha’s level
amputation makes this a challenging prosthesis, but the team and I are
prepared to give her the best custom arm and hand possible.” Progressive
O&P will provide Natasha with a custom painted cosmetic arm and hand, as
well as an arm with a body powered hand. “It’s like our tag line says,
we are Restoring Hope and Renewing Lives. This is what we do every day
and are happy to help such a deserving person like Natasha,” said Rob
Von Bargen, a resident at Progressive who is working with Mathews on
Natasha’s prosthesis.

Natasha is only 23 and lives in a small village on the west coast of
Guyana, with her new boyfriend and his two children. As a survivor of
domestic violence, Natasha now volunteers as a spokesperson, speaking to
victims across Guyana. Coming from a country that simply could not
supply Natasha with a proper prosthesis, she feels excited, grateful and
a little nervous about what Progressive is giving to her. When asked
what a prosthesis means to her, she smiled and said, “It will make me
more confident and feel more secure.”

*World Health Organization Fact sheet N°239

About Progressive O&P

Progressive O&P provides prosthetic devices and services to individuals
living with limb differences and orthotic devices and services to those
living with mobility challenges.


For Progressive O&P
Ashley Barraud, 631-434-5282