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Prosthetics and Orthotics Students Featured in Veterans Day TV Coverage
Prosthetics and orthotics students in ENHP spent their Veterans Day working with a veteran who lost his leg after serving in Vietnam. Three local television stations covered the story. Visit YouTube to watch WFSB and NBC Connecticut’s coverage. The Fox CT story is not available online.
Frank Mello, an Air Force veteran, lost his leg after a motorcycle accident. The accident caused injuries from which Mello could not heal, in part due to the effects of Agent Orange exposure during the war. Mello is now a patient of Paul Armstrong, an adjunct professor who teaches in the Prosthetics and Orthotics master's degree program.
Mello volunteers as a prosthetic model, giving students the chance to practice what they have learned on a real person. Mello sees this as his way of giving back to the community, particularly because many of these students will go on to help wounded veterans after graduation.