May 2015

Meningitis group honors Hanger Clinic VP

The National Meningitis Association (NMA) on April 27 honored Hanger Clinic’s Kevin Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP, with its Nancy Ford Springer Inspiration Award at the 2015 NMA “Give Kids a Shot!” Gala in New York City.

The NMA recognized Carroll, Birmingham, AL-based Hanger’s vice president of prosthetics, for his long-term work treating meningitis survivors, many of whom lose limbs as a result of the disease. Carroll fitted the son of NMA founder Nancy Ford Springer with prostheses after he lost his legs and hands to meningococcal disease.

Carroll has spent more than 30 years developing artificial limbs, educating the prosthetics community, and working to improve the lives of amputees with a variety of limb losses, according to an NMA release.

He is also known for cocreating the world’s first prosthetic tail fluke for an amputee dolphin. During the fitting for the dolphin, Winter, he helped developed WintersGel, a protective prosthetic liner that is beneficial for amputees with deli­- cate skin.

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