Prosthetist brings quality care to central Nebraskans
HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Rakesh Srivastava is a prosthetist bringing quality care to central Nebraskans. His clinic Innovative Prosthetics and Orthotics is the only full-time clinic of its kind in the tri-city area.
“Everyone thinks that if they go to Lincoln or Omaha they will get a better technology. Well how can we bring those technologies in Hastings, Nebraska and serve our patients so they don’t have to travel five hours.” said Srivastava.
His journey to the tri-cities started in his home country of India where he was born. At the young age of 10, a tragic accident changed Srivastava’s life forever.
Srivastava recalled the incident saying ”I was actually 10 years old when I had a road accident that lead to amputation of my leg above the knee. I had a pretty bad head injury so I was in a coma for 18 days.”
Srivastava has worn a prosthetic limb since then. The life-changing accident also inspired him to pursue the field of prosthetics in India.
In 1998, Srivastava moved to St. Paul, Nebraska before attending and graduating from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2005. In 2006, Srivastava opened Innovative Prosthetics and Orthotics. His personal experience with amputation making him empathetic with his patients today.
“I can relate myself to what they experience and to what they are trying to tell us and I think that that has helped me in my practice as well. I think that other amputees or patients felt that I can understand a little bit more, what they are trying to explain.”
Rakesh Srivastava has since opened more clinics in Grand Island and Omaha, but also gives back to his home country of India. Through his organization “Voice of Differently Abled”, Srivastava donates extra prosthetics to people in India who cannot afford them. One of his patients, Arunima Sinha, becoming the world’s first female amputee to climb Mount Everest.
“I did not even know that she would climb Mount Everest one day, but I just wanted to help her because I almost saw myself in her.” said Srivastava.
As he continues to make an impact in India and central Nebraska, Rakesh Srivastava lives by the wise words his father taught him.
“Never forget your roots, secondly, give back to the community what it has given to you.”
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