He's been there
Triple-amputee contractor building for boy with similar disabilities
Like Duchesne, Carter has only one hand to grab an object. Like Duchesne, he can only use his other arm to brace or prop an object, whether a toy or piece of lumber. And like Duchesne, Carter's sneaker attaches to a leg-like, high-tech rod.
"He's a walking, talking, breathing role model for Carter," said Carter's father, Mike Mead. "He's a hands — a hand-on — kind of guy."
He lost portions of his right arm and both legs.
Duchesne said he worked a few years at a white collar job. But he yearned to work outside, so in 2001 he started Decks-N-More. At times, business was so good that he kept three crews busy, he said. Now he just works with a single crew.
At another point, he trusts his prosthetics enough to brace himself while using his entire body's weight to nudge a vertical post into alignment.
Duchesne said the leg prosthetics, supplied by Next Step Bionics and Prosthetics of Manchester, make it easy to work. His right prosthetic is bionic, with a computer-controlled knee that locks, releases and pivots based on the experience of the user.
"For us, it's not just a deck," Kelliann said, "it's a life experience for Carter."
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