A Quickie Life Story: Gabe Adams
One of my favorite aspects of my job is getting the opportunity to meet the individuals who use Sunrise Medical’s products. Last Fall I had the opportunity to spend time with a remarkable 17 year-old young man and his mother while I was working in Salt Lake City, Utah. Gabe Adams is very well known in Utah for his dance skills, amazing smile, engaging personality, and unbreakable spirit. During my first conversation with Gabe I quickly learned that he is the perfect mix of contagious positive energy and hysterical sarcasm.
Since our first meeting I have been in touch with Gabe and his family. Recently I asked Gabe to share his Quickie Life Story with our readers:
Gabe was born with four limb Amelia (he has no arms or legs) in São Paulo, Brazil. At 9 months-old he was adopted by his parents, Ron and Janelle, and moved to Utah. Even though Gabe is the youngest of 14 children, he is by no means treated as the “baby” of his family. His family has always encouraged Gabe to learn to be independent and pursue whatever his heart desires. Independent mobility is extremely important to Gabe. He has been a patient at Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Salt Lake City since about the time he was brought home to the United States. The team at Shriner’s Hospital for Children introduced Gabe to power mobility at a very young age. Over the years he has used a variety of alternative input devices controlled via his head to drive different styles of power wheelchairs.
About 18 months ago it was time for Gabe to order a new wheelchair. Not surprisingly, Gabe’s needs and desires in a power wheelchair changed significantly since he ordered his last wheelchair in elementary school. Today Gabe is using a Quickie® QM-710® with a standard joystick he controls with the residual musculature in his left shoulder. According to Gabe his QM-710 is the best wheelchair he has ever had!
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How do you like to spend your free time?
Music is my passion. I love to spend my free time singing or dancing.
Who would most like to see in concert?
What accomplishment are you the most proud of?
I am proud of the fact that I am able to get ready each morning by myself.
If you could have dinner with a celebrity, who would it be and where would you go?
I would like to take Selena Gomez out to dinner. We would grab a bite to eat at McDonald’s.
What is your dream vacation?
Anywhere with a beach!
How did you meet your best friend?
My best friend and I met while attending LDS Seminary.
Who inspires you?
My family inspires me. They are strong!
What does living life without limits mean to you?
The freedom to do hard things with a breeze.
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Disclaimer: The contents of this blog are intended to be utilized as a general resource for clinicians and suppliers to then use clinical reasoning skills to determine optimal seating and mobility solutions for individual clients. Steve and Angie are unable to answer questions from members of the general public including caregivers and end users. Members of the general public should direct specific questions to their own clinicians, medical, suppliers, or other health care professionals.
Posted by: Date: 5/11/2016 1:14:44 PM
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