David Krupa – Stories from Shriners Hospital


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I was born in 1980 and sometime in 1981 (if I’m not mistaken) my left leg was amputated below the knee due to a congenital defect. The amputation surgery was performed at Shriners Hospital. I started using a prosthetic leg shortly thereafter.

I think when I was 5 or 6 I started receiving prosthetic care at Scheck & Siress Oak Park with Denny, John Angelico, Jim Kaiser and the team. My primary physician for as long as I remember was Dr. Atkins. I was a Scheck & Siress patient from that point on while being treated by Shriners until I was 21.

After graduating from the University of Illinois I pursued a Certificate in Prosthetics from Northwestern University and was hired by my prosthetists as a resident for Scheck & Siress. I became ABC Certified and co-founded ROMP with another former Scheck & Siress employee, Eric Neufeld. Scheck & Siress was always supportive of ROMP and in fact, provided much of the capital investment and equipment that we used to set up the ROMP prosthetic clinic in Guatemala. This is the same clinic with much of the same machinery and donated tools that continues to provide O&P care to Guatemalans in needs for 11 years running.