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Expert helps Moultrie man get prosthetic arm

MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -

An Albany prosthetist is coming to the rescue to help a Moultrie man who lost his arm to rare flesh eating bacteria. 

 Michael Hobgood's arm was amputated less than two weeks ago and he doesn't have insurance to pay for a prosthetic.

After watching Michael Hobgood's story on WALB, Jim Young of Amputee Prosthetic Clinic contacted us. He wants to make sure Hobgood gets the prosthetic arm he needs.

Hobgood is still adjusting to life without his right arm. He contracted an often deadly flesh eating bacteria when water from a pond splashed into a cut on his hand. Just Tuesday he told us how he needed help paying for a prosthetic arm. He had no idea when he went to sleep last night that help would come in the morning.

"I mean, I didn't know if it would take six months or a year to raise the money to do it. From what I've been told it was going to cost. The different routes and different doctors. I'm just fortunate I guess that the right person saw it and has been through something like this and willing to help me out. It's a blessing from God," said Michael Hobgood.

Jim Young, an amputee himself, makes artificial limbs and says it makes him feel good knowing he's helping others.

"I can help the guy. I'm a prosthetist that's what I do for a living. I know several avenues and ways we can direct him towards programs that he might not know about," said Jim Young.

Hobgood thanked Young for his kindness over the phone. He says he's ready to get his arm back so he can get back to work and being outdoors.

"He's going to help me to his fullest ability. So it's going to be a quicker road to recovery than I expected." "I don't know if I'm too happy to cry, to do anything. I don't know what to think." said Michael Hobgood.

Over the last ten days, Michael has had 3 surgeries. He says his family has been supportive the whole time and they're happy to hear the good news.

Hobgood has an appointment with his regular doctor tomorrow. He hopes to be cleared to get a prosthetic arm.  He plans to schedule an appointment with Jim Young soon.

Hobgood still has some steep medical bills. The family will keep a benefit account open at Southwest Georgia Bank if anyone wants to donate to help.

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