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Amputee Prosthetic Clinic Hosts First Dive

May 6, 2013
 
By Judy Le, 13WMAZ.com
 
STORY HIGHLIGHTS:
 
- Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation teamed up with the Amputee Prosthetic Clinic for the event.
- About a dozen swimmers, ages nine to 65, jumped in at the Divers Supply off Mercer University Drive.
- The foundation puts on 11 events every year, and the next, "First Dance," will be held in New York.
 
The Amputee Prosthetic Clinic hosted a scuba dive in Macon Sunday.
 
And 9-year-old Mei Mei White had to make a few adjustments before hitting the water.
 
"I have a water leg, a swimming leg, and a running leg," she says.
 
It was an easy choice for the first-time scuba diver.
 
White looks different. 
 
"I was born with a little leg," she says.
 
But that doesn't stop her from doing whatever she wants on land and in the water.
 
"The tank is big. You can pretend you're in the ocean swimming like turtles," White describes.
 
Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation is a non-profit organization that teamed up with the Amputee Prosthetic Clinic to provide this opportunity.
 
About a dozen swimmers ages nine to 65 showed up to make waves at the Divers Supply off Mercer University Drive.
 
The foundation puts on 11 events every year. The next event is called First Dance and will be held in New York.
 
For more information on diving, you can call 478-474-5678 or visit their website at 888fakeleg.com. 
 

Middle Georgia Amputees Take the Plunge in Scuba Dive Class

05/06/2013 
 
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Losing a limb hasn't stopped Cory Cochran from enjoying life, in fact, he's are diving right in!
 
When he was four, Cochran was run over by a riding lawn mower, struggling for years on the wounded leg. This October, after nearly 20 years of suffering and unsuccessful surgeries, his leg was amputated. This weekend, for the first time in decades, Cochran wasn't just swimming, he was scuba diving.
 
"With his outlook, I think it's made him a stronger person," said Cory's mother Tammy, "I mean he's everywhere, you can't slow him down."
 
On Sunday, amputees from across the state got a crash course in scuba diving. Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation along with Amputee Prosthetic Clinic in Macon hosted a class called "First Dive!", an outreach program encouraging amputees to push past their handicap. This weekend, the group pushed their prosthetics aside and jumped right in.
 
Unlike Mauldin, 9-year-old Mei Mei White is professional when it comes to her prosthetic. The 4th grader has been an amputee her entire life.
 
"I was born with a little leg," White said, "that's how God made me, and mama likes me the way I am, and my whole family."
 
For White, her biggest obstacle isn't her disability, but making it to the deep end.
 
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