Minnesota TV Station Highlights Hanger Clinic’s Virtual Support Groups During Pandemic
Despite challenges presented by COVID-19, Hanger Clinic teams around the country have been working tirelessly to continue providing essential care and services, including the critical community and peer support needed by so many in the limb loss and limb difference community. Leslie Green, a Hanger Clinic Community Care Coordinator based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, recently met with her local ABC TV station to discuss the isolation many with limb loss are experiencing during the pandemic.
As someone with bilateral below-knee limb loss herself, Green has a passion for helping others who have experienced limb loss navigate their way through challenges. “The hardest part for an amputee is overcoming the unknown,” she told KSTP-TV (ABC).
Green has led in-person community groups for several years but shifted her groups to virtual meetings when the pandemic began. Since March, she’s almost tripled her number of community groups, with more than 170 people logging on from across the country. Instead of meeting monthly, Green now meets with her groups weekly to provide additional support during this challenging time.
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After seeing increased demand in the community for limb loss support during the pandemic, Hanger Clinic’s Leslie Green expands her outreach offerings.