Building a Bionic Body
After a tragic accident, 4-year-old Edgard John Augustin woke up to his mother’s horrified screaming and looked down to see that both of his legs were missing from the knees down. His older brother who was seated next to him was also missing a leg, injuries caused from railing that pierced the back window after their mother lost control driving down the highway. All three members of the Augustin family survived the tragic accident, and Edgard lives to share the story of how he built his motivational brand Bionic Body and became a bodybuilder with two prosthetic legs.
Edgard spent his first year after the accident at a center in Paris that specializes in rehabilitation for veterans and amputees. The 4-year-old spent a year there being taught to walk, first on crutches, then on his prostheses alone. Prosthetic legs and feet don’t provide the same kind of balance as normal rotating ankles, so he learned from a very young age how to use his upper body as his main source of balance due to the lack of stability in his legs.
Edgard moved back home a year later to French Guiana, a country in South America after he was released from rehabilitation. He suffered through years of teasing about his legs from peers in school and his mother also suffered through guilt for most of her life after being the driver in an accident that left her both her sons handicapped, although she wasn’t at fault. Surviving the accident at such a young age enabled Edgard to view his handicaps as a way of life, something a teenager or adult in his situation may not have coped with as well. Edgard was fortunate to never go through depression as a result of his accident and handicap, but he did miss his love for running when returning home and to school.(…)
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