Six years ago, Tom Schutz of Gurnee, Illinois, was in a near fatal car accident caused by a drunk driver. We are proud to share the story of his long yet triumphant road to recovery!

How did your amputation occur?
In June of 2014, my dog and I were in a near fatal car accident caused by a drunk driver. I had multiple injuries to both legs along with a broken hip and a ruptured spleen. Recovery was very long and difficult to say the least. I spent three months in a rehabilitation center. I had multiple surgeries including 11 on my right foot. After nearly 6 years of pain and suffering, I decided to have my foot amputated on November 19th, 2019 and haven’t looked back since. I am happy to add that my dog also survived with minimal injuries.

Where do you work and what do you do?
I have retired since the accident; I was an electrical contractor working for myself.

Out of all of your accomplishments, which are you most proud of and why?
Getting on with my life now that I am pain free.

What hobbies or activities are you involved in? Why do you enjoy them?
I love to play golf and also fishing. Golf has been my passion for many years. I also love to travel by car with my wife and dogs.

How big of a role does the proper function and fit of your prosthesis play in making it a good or bad day?
A proper fitting prosthetic makes all the difference in the world. Without it, it’s very hard to get around. Thanks to my prosthetist, Erin, and SRT for making that all happen.

What has your experience been like with SRT?
SRT has been the best, always accommodating from start to finish. Whether I have a problem or a question, they are always there to help. It’s just a phone call or an email away and they always follow up with you.

What would you like to say to a new amputee to encourage them?
If you are thinking of an amputation or you are a new amputee, I have always said, “you get out of it what you put into it”. It’s not easy at first but it gets better as time goes on.  Stay positive and good things will come your way.