Local Double Amputee Learning To Walk Again

Local Double Amputee Learning To Walk Again

There are a few things Gene McKee doesn't lack. A sense of humor. And courage. His wife Kay said that has been a huge factor in his recovery.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - “Well 90 yeas ago I was learning how to walk. 91 years later, I'm learning how to walk again. It was easier the first time,” Gene McKee said.

There are a few things Gene McKee doesn't lack. A sense of humor. And courage.

His wife Kay said that has been a huge factor in his recovery.

“Last year I wasn't sure he'd be here this year,” Kay McKee Said.

Thankfully he is. The 91-year-old double amputee is determined to not only walk, but live an active lifestyle.

“Yes. He's determined and he does what he says he's going to do,” Kay McKee said.

McKee says diabetes, along with a few bad medical procedures, led to the amputations. The most recent just this year.

He's slowly on the mend thanks to folks at Baptist Rehab-Germantown.

“The main thing was balance, they taught me the different functions of balance,” Gene McKee said.

The new amputee clinic uses a team approach to help patients.

“Our team includes a physician, a prosthesis, a physical therapist, and a nurse who is a specialist in wound care,” Dr. Sunita Jaine said.

Jaine said this approach helps to not only make it easier for the health care providers, but the patients as well.


“When the patient comes, we kind of look at all of the different aspects of how they're functioning in their daily life. What are the issues that have come up, what are the things that they want to do that they have not been able to do, and really kind of tackle it in one place,” Jaine said.

Slowly but surely McKee is on the way back. This he says, is just a bump in the road.

“I was using basically a wheel chair, then I graduated from a wheel chair to a walker. Now I can use a chair or a crutch. The next step is to walk with nothing but me,” Gene McKee said.
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