Dorset Orthopaedic Ambassador Rio Woolf has become the first child in the UK to be fitted with the new Ottobock 3R67 knee joint for children by his prosthetist Matt Hughes at Dorset Orthopaedic in Ringwood.
Rio’s right leg was amputated due to an extremely rare bone deformity when he was just a baby. He received his first leg prosthesis before his second birthday. Just seven years later, his family’s initial concerns about Rio's independence have been superseded. Rio can now not only take part and play with his friends but also has the potential to participate competitively in sport. Rio’s enthusiasm for Paralympic sports was crowned by a trip to the Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.“The 100-metre sprinters like Jonnie Peacock and Heinrich Popow are Rio’s very own heroes,” says his mother, Juliette. Meeting the athletes in person in Brazil has made her son all the more certain that he wants to be amongst the fastest athletes in the world with a disability someday. When he was four years old, Rio had the chance to follow the Paralympic Games in his own country when they were held in London in 2012.
Developed on the basis of a mechanical knee joint for adults which has been tried and tested over many years, Ottobock modified the kid’s knee joint especially for the needs of children.
Learn more about the new 3R67 knee joint for children on the Ottobock website.