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Sprague faces new challenges with optimism PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kyle Arnoldy   

Two months removed from the farm accident that claimed the lower portion of his leg, Luke Sprague is ahead of schedule with his rehab and just days away from walking on his new prosthetic leg without the aid of crutches.

Doctors initially expected Luke to be bed-ridden with his leg in the air for six weeks following the injury. Less than four weeks later he attended a wrestling camp. While he obviously could not do all of the things he would have liked at the camp, being able to warm up and work out was a sign of progress for the young Sprague.

With less than two weeks of practice on his new prosthetic leg, Luke is quickly adapting to his new lower extremity, accompanied by his signature smile and positive attitude he has maintained throughout the ordeal.

Luke Sprague puts some pressure
on his new prosthetic leg as he stands
without the help of his crutches.

—Enterprise photo

With the injury still being fairly fresh, Luke said the hardest part about getting used to the prosthetic is putting pressure on his leg. His mom Emma said she was surprised with how frustrating the whole process of relearning how to walk is.

“It’s crazy how much he had to relearn to walk,” Emma said.

Currently aided by crutches as he familiarizes himself with the leg, Luke is still trying to shed his recently crafted hopping style of movement. Understandably, Luke is a bit hesitant to part ways with the crutches. By Tuesday, Sept. 24, Emma is hoping he will no longer need the crutches.

Although the accident took his lower leg, he never lost his sense of humor. Emma said Luke’s dad Alan jokingly wonders if Luke hit his head in the accident as well because he has been so happy and goofy since the incident.

Not letting the injury slow him down too much, Luke has surprised many on his road to recovery. Luke even participated in the mutton bustin’ event Saturday, Sept. 14 at the conclusion of the stock car races at Phillips County Raceway.

With his quick adaptation to the prosthetic leg, Luke and his mother have another goal in sight. In October they will start meeting with doctors about a sports prosthetic leg with the hopes of getting one before soccer and baseball start in the spring.

Luke Sprague tests out the durability of his new leg Saturday, Sept. 14 at the mutton bustin’ event at the Phillips County Raceway.  

—Enterprise photo

Support has been strong for young Luke since his injury. Along with local fundraisers and the people of the community extending a helping hand, Emma said she was surprised by the amount of support they have received from people they have never met throughout the county.

She estimates that they have received more than 40 letters in the mail from people many states over who heard about Luke’s situation through Facebook posts. Many of the letters were from people who went through similar situations and just wanted to let Luke know that they are pulling for him and impressed with all of his progress.

Whether he is in a wheel-chair, hopping around on one leg, on crutches or walking on his new prosthetic, the progress Luke has made in such a short period after such a serious injury is inspiring.

Holyoke Enterprise September 19, 2013