Owen Wills – Stories from Shriners Hospital


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On October 1, 2013, Owen was involved in an accident with a riding lawnmower. The accident partially amputated his right foot and he also had a significant injury on the back of his left leg. Owen was rushed to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox and was immediately airlifted to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. Owen spent 28 days there and underwent 3 major surgeries and 4 other procedures. During the course of his stay, Owen’s had a Syme’s amputation performed on his right foot and also had a large skin graft to repair the back of his left leg.

The doctors at Loyola discharged Owen to the care of Shriners Hospital to work on his recovery and to get fitted for a prosthesis. Our first trip to Shriners was in November 2013. It was at that time that Owen’s cast was removed from his amputation surgery. Dr. Ackman referred us to Scheck & Siress for Owen’s prosthesis. We were blessed to have been referred there and to have met John Angelico. Carrie and I had no idea what to expect with all of this and Owen was unhappy with anyone touching or examining him at that point. John immediately connected with Owen and was kind enough to give us his cell phone in case we had any questions. He was incredibly patient with us and very generous with his time. Owen received his prosthesis in December 2013. It was at that appointment that Owen got up and walked for the first time since his accident. It was an incredible moment and John played a large role in it. Over the years, John has become a good friend to the Wills’ family and Owen enjoys going to see him for fittings and adjustments. It has been an unbelievable experience getting to work with John and the staff at Scheck & Siress.

Owen was selected as a Hero for Loyola’s 5K in 2014. They produced a video about his story. I have included a link to it below so that you can get some more details. One of the videos in there is Owen walking for the first time at Scheck & Siress with his new prosthesis.