NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 27, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bulow BioTech Prosthetics, a group of national destination clinics focused on providing the highest level of prosthetics-only care and technology, in partnership with the Solider Support Institute, is proud to provide freedom to a local amputee through the addition of a ramp to her house.

Mrs. Norris, a Bulow BioTech patient and a Columbia, South Carolina resident, recently had her right leg amputated below the knee and is confined to a wheelchair until her prosthetic leg is ready to be fit. At the time of her surgery, the only entrance to Norris' home was through the front door, which was elevated by a short set of stairs that were unmanageable for a wheelchair, severely limiting her mobility.

Bobby Latham, CP, who has been working with Mrs. Norris at Bulow BioTech, understood the struggles she was facing and was focused on finding a solution.

Latham connected with the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, which in turn shared Mrs. Norris' story with soldiers in a leadership course at nearby Fort Jackson. Upon hearing her plight, these soldiers offered to volunteer on Armed Forces Day (May 21) to build Mrs. Norris a 25-foot ramp allowing her to enter and exit her house at her leisure.

"The soldiers went above and beyond," says Latham. "Not only did they build the ramp, they mowed the yard, trimmed the trees, and spread mulch. As a prosthetic clinician, I do whatever I can to get each individual patient back to as normal a life as possible, but sometimes I need a little bit of help. In this case, help came in form of soldiers from Fort Jackson."

Mrs. Norris is ecstatic with the latest addition to her home, but is most thankful for the knowledge that the support she received will be ongoing. The next stop on her journey will be at the Bulow BioTech clinic where she and Latham will work to create a custom technological prosthetic solution that will allow her to get back to where she wants to be in life.

Kelly McDoniel

About Bulow BioTech Prosthetics

Founded in 2006, Bulow BioTech Prosthetics is a national destination for lower and upper extremity prosthetics, myoelectric arms and bionic technology.  Led by Matthew Bulow, who is himself an amputee, cancer survivor, diabetic, and world record setting athlete; the practice provides innovative prosthetic technology, one-on-one personal attention, and life-long nurturing guidance.  Bulow serves patients from across the country at its clinics in the Nashville area and Columbia, SC.  For more information visit:

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[Image] Mrs. Norris' Ramp