Prosthetic Limbs, Authentic Message

By Brennan Smith

March 1, 2012 Updated Mar 1, 2012 at 11:14 PM EST

Bridgewater Twp., PA (WBNG Binghamton) Although he's missing an arm and two legs, Cameron Clapp walked onto stage at Montrose Area High school to deliver an important message.

"I thought nothing was ever going to happen to me, and that night, at that point in time, I wasn't making good choices. I was hanging out with the wrong crowd," said Clapp.

Clapp was fifteen when he made a decision that nearly cost him his life.

After a night of drinking, he stumbled alone to the train tracks across the street from his house.

"I didn't even see it. I didn't hear it. Boom! I got hit, and it took my legs and my arm," said Clapp.

Ten years later, Clapp, a triple amputee, has new legs and a new arm.

He took responsibility for his actions, headed in a new direction, and hasn't turned back.

"After my accident I just wanted to walk again and have mobility and be independent, and I was able to stick with it and sure enough, I'm doing all kinds of cool stuff now," said Clapp.

He started by walking around on his knees and eventually learned to walk, even down stairs without grabbing a rail, with the help of prosthetic legs with micro-processors.

Now he's mentoring others to overcome challenges by setting goals and overcoming them.

"Really just come to grips with their condition or their circumstances and analyze it and speculate and learn how to overcome it," said Clapp.

"My boyfriend is an amputee, and he's having a hard time making the prosthetics become one with how the rest of his body works. Just being positive about life is, I think, the best way," said Katie Groover, a student at Montrose Area High School.

Clapp's micro-processor controlled legs are provided by the Hanger Clinic.

It has been providing prosthetics to the Greater Binghamton area for years, and made Clapp's visit to Montrose possible.

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