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Connect With Kleck: Getting Back On His Feet

It was back on October 1st when KHQ's Dan Kleckner met Phil, a double amputee. Phil's friend, Aida, had contacted Dan over concerns that Phil needed help. He was struggling with his old and outdated prothesis.

So Dan reached out to a local company, Thompson's, and they came through with an offer to get Phil back on his feet. Step, by step, by step.

Phil knows his past will not define him but it was his past that took away his lower legs. Phil was pulled off to the side of the highway on a snowy Stevens Pass and what happened next came in the blink of an eye.

An out of control vehicle traveling too fast for conditions and hit Phil. The impact severed Phil's legs, but in a strange twist of fate, Phil believes he may have saved the other driver and his passengers.

When Phil woke up six days later in the hospital, he knew his legs were gone and the long road to recovery was beginning. But thanks to the generous offer from Thompson's Custom Orthotics, Phil hopes to get back to work as a heavy machine operator.

And with his new prosthetics, Phil is beginning to enjoy some of that new freedom, walking without a cane in front of our camera for the first time in seven years.

Phil wants to get back to work, that's goal number one, but he also said he has another goal in sight: He wants to do Bloomsday! He says it may take him all day, but he wants to give it a try and if he does, we'll be there!

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