Official opening of prosthetic workshop in Auckland Park

On 7 March the Netcare Rehabilitation Hospital in Auckland Park officially became home to the long time vision of his title Heinrich Grimsehl – a fully independent prosthetics workshop.

On the evening of the launch the rain came down, making the name even more appropriate: The Arc – Amputee Rehabilitation Circle. In his speech, Heinrich said that he decided to steer away from naming the establishment “centre” or “clinic”, because at the Arc, both patients and prosthetists form part of an inner circle that is far more unique than anything you can find in other centres or clinics.

One thing that you notice about Heinrich is his love and passion for the work he does. He started working on the concept of starting something like the Arc in 2002, in a small office at Netcare. After many years of hard work and dedication, there wasn’t a smile brighter than his that night, when the ribbons were cut and the Arc was officially opened. His hard work and dedication paid off when the Arc was officially opened.

The Arc makes use of the latest technology and walking examples of effective prosthesis. Several of the employees at the Arc are themselves amputees, making it so much easier and more comfortable for their patients to communicate their concerns and needs regarding their new prosthesis. Heinrich’s main focus is on allowing everyone an equal opportunity to exceed their own expectations after their amputation.

The evening kicked-off with a scavenger hunt around the hospital facilities used by the prosthetists and their staff. This involved visiting all seven gyms dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of amputees and people with spinal chord injuries, as well as an information session at the only Lokomat machine in operation in Africa.

The Arc is an impressive example of when one man’s dream meets a growing demand to change people’s lives.