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Atlanta 'Ironman' Scott Rigsby Receives Award for Inspiration, Courage

BALTIMORE, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Losing a limb at age 18 would devastate even the most steadfast person. Despite horrific obstacles like this, some plastic surgery patients are able turn their challenges into opportunities to inspire and help others in need. Scott Rigsby and three other such reconstructive plastic surgery heroes will be honored with the Patients of Courage: Triumph Over Adversity award at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Plastic Surgery 2007 conference on Saturday, October 27. The ASPS recognizes Rigsby as an inspirational role model for other reconstructive plastic surgery patients.

"I can't thank my surgeons enough for supporting me every step of the way, and it is an honor to be considered an inspiration to others," said Rigsby. "Now, I try to live my life by a simple motto: Do what you can, do the best you can, and don't ever quit."

Rigsby, now age 39, was thrown from the back of a pickup truck and dragged over 300 feet under a flat bed trailer. Only 18 years old, he suffered severe damage to both legs and his right leg was amputated that day. He underwent 26 reconstructive plastic surgery procedures on his left leg over the next 12 years. Physically and mentally exhausted, Rigsby elected to have his left leg amputated and never looked back. He is the first below-the-knee double amputee to complete a full marathon, an Olympic triathlon and a half Ironman on prostheses. October 13, Scott set another world record by completing the Hawaiian Ironman competition. He started the Scott Rigsby Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting physically challenged athletes and their athletic pursuits.

"Scott is truly a patient of courage because he didn't let a bad event affect his life negatively. These award winners are inspiring to me because their stories show how our work has an impact not only on our patients' lives, but on the many lives our patients touch, as well," said ASPS Member Surgeon Farzad Nahai, MD, of Atlanta.

The Patients of Courage: Triumph Over Adversity program is supported by Ethicon Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company. The program exemplifies achievements of reconstructive plastic surgery patients.

Visit, for referrals to ASPS Member Surgeons and to learn more about reconstructive plastic surgery.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is the largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons in the world. With more than 6,000 members, the Society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS comprises 90 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Founded in 1931, the Society represents physicians certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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