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Patients of Courage Transcend Physical Disfigurement, Help Others
Date:10/27/2007

Awards Presented at American Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting

BALTIMORE, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Being burned over 85 percent of your body or losing your breasts at age 26 would devastate even the most steadfast person. Despite horrific obstacles like these, some plastic surgery patients turn these challenges into opportunities to inspire and help others in need. Four such reconstructive plastic surgery heroes will be honored by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) at Plastic Surgery 2007 on Oct. 27 at 4:30 p.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center.

The ASPS program "Patients of Courage: Triumph Over Adversity" annually recognizes four remarkable individuals nominated by their plastic surgeons. The awards exemplify achievements of reconstructive plastic surgery, which not only restores and rebuilds patients' bodies but their lives as well. Although only four awards will be presented, ASPS Member Surgeons treat patients of courage every day, each with a unique and noteworthy tale of overcoming adversity.

"The Patients of Courage have boldly faced the physical challenges of their injuries and risen above them. Their reconstructive journey has also helped them internally heal and continue their lives," stated ASPS President Roxanne Guy, MD. "We are proud to see the positive influences our patients can have on society when they are given the opportunity."

Scott Rigsby, 39, of Atlanta, 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 procedures on his left leg over the next 12 years. Physically and mentally exhausted, Scott 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. In October, Scott is attempting to set an
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