Prosthesis type: i-limb quantum
User since: 2008 (i-limb)
Background: accident, lost both of his arms below the elbow
Lives in: Owensboro, Kentucky/USA
Occupation: Motivational Speaker and Patient Advocate
Riding an ATV on the family farm was a normal part of life for Jason Koger, but on March 1, 2008, a normal springtime ride almost turned into a tragedy when he struck a fallen, live power line, suffering from near-fatal injuries in the process.
Jason's injuries were so severe that he was transferred by medical helicopter from his local hospital to the burn unit at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
After three days in a coma, Jason woke up to learn that his life had changed forever. To save Jason's life, doctors had to amputate both of his arms below the elbow.
As a happily married father to three young children, Jason was highly motivated to return to normal life with his family. During his recovery, a doctor asked Jason, "if you had one goal to live for, what would it be?"
"I told him I wanted to hold my two daughters in my arms again," Jason said.
Prior to his accident Jason had worked alongside his father in the family construction business. He enjoyed spending his free time with his loved ones, hunting in the woods, and working on cars in his garage. Jason was determined not to let his accident keep him from living his life to the fullest. He came home only 12 days after the accident and as soon as he was able, Jason taught himself how to drive again. A month after returning home, he picked back up on his favorite hobby and returned to the woods to hunt for wild turkey. He credits his faith and his family for his positive outlook and views what happened to him as an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. To remind himself and others what matters most in life, Jason had pictures of his children designed onto the sockets of his prostheses. Jason devotes much of his time toward helping other amputees cope and adapt to their situations.
With my i-limbs, I am no longer afraid of dropping my soda in a restaurant. Better yet, I feel comfortable crossing the street while firmly holding onto my two-year-old son's arm, knowing he is safe by my side.
Jason was the first double amputee in the world to be fitted with an i-limb in 2008 and again with the i-limb revolution in 2013.
In the early summer 2015, Jason was fitted with the latest generation of the i-limb technology called i-limb quantum which is the first upper limb prosthesis that can change grips with a simple gesture. The latest generation is also 30% faster, 30% stronger, and offers 50% more battery life than the previous version of the i-limb. He was pleased to attend the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics in Lyon, France as an ambassador where Touch Bionics first announced the product introduction.
The i-limb quantum is the best thing to real hands and as a bilateral amputee having the ability to do what I want to do independently is truly remarkable. After trying the hands for the first time, I immediately noticed how much faster the hands are and they are also even stronger than before.
Jason lives happily with his wife of ten years, Jenny, their two daughters, 7-year-old Billie Grace and 4-year-old Cambell, and the newest addition to their family, 3-year-old son, Axell. He shares his story through his website and by reaching out to other amputees, and has gained national media attention for his positive outlook on life. Jason has appeared on CNN, Hawaii 5-0 and in an Apple commercial. To view this commercial visit, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJahlKPCL9g.