Trenna’s prosthetic rehabilitation, a team effort

Chris McCann

Clinical Lead Orthotist/ Prosthetist, Orthotics/Prosthetics Services, Country Health SA local Health Network, Whyalla Hospital & Health Services

This presentation outlines the developing story of Trenna, a 26 year old woman who underwent a high trans-femoral amputation to her right leg as an infant, and has been unable to wear prosthesis comfortably for more than 12 years. This has resulted in Trenna relying on the use of elbow crutches for mobility in her daily life.

We will review her journey so far and discuss some of the prosthetic and mobility challenges she has faced in daily life, as well as the people involved in getting her to where she is today. We will identify this brave young lady’s goals for the future and those people and health professionals involved in helping her as she begins her new journey. In March this year Trenna underwent Osseo integration surgery in the hope of walking with a bone anchored prosthesis in the near future.

The presentation will highlight how the health system has assisted Trenna and how the people involved in Trenna’s rehabilitation come from rural, state, national and international backgrounds. This demonstrates that the size and shape of our “village” (that it takes to raise a child) can be dynamic and ever changing according to individual needs.


Chris McCann has been the “engine room” of the CHSA Orthotics & Prosthetics Team based in Whyalla South Australia for more than 30 years. The team spend more than 100 days per year on the road providing outreach services to Port Augusta, Port Lincoln, Ceduna, Port Pire and Coober Pedy.

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