Kootenai Prosthetics & Orthotics

Amputees In Action

Jack Lamb

When asked how being an amputee affects
his life, Jack Lamb is incredulous.
“It has no effect at all,” he scoffs.
Jack Lamb is positive he has nine lives, and he’s pretty sure he’s gone through at least six of them. The tally ranges from a near drowning when he was eight years old to an electrical zap that cost him a toe a couple of years ago. Then there’s the gun accident. When he was 19 years old, a .38 Special took off his right leg below the knee.

“The worst part of that,” Jack says, “is that I was in Cordova, Alaska, and it took 36 hours to get to the hospital. I got blood poisoning.”

None of these mishaps have put a damper on the 66-year-old’s zest for life. He was a commercial fisherman in Alaska for 30 years and now lives on a ranch northeast of Grouse Creek near Sandpoint. He snow skis. He rides a Yamaha 1700 Midnight Silverado motorcycle, and, of course he drives a truck and a car.

Jack’s also an active member of the Idaho Back Country Horsemen, frequently going on high country trail rides with his longtime partner, Julie. Tennessee Walkers are his favorite breed, and he raises and trains them on his Idaho ranch.

“Not for show,” Jack says. “I believe horses should be natural, no high stepping. They need to enjoy being a horse.” He’s riding Jake in these photos, an imposing, frisky eight-year-old that stands 17-hands tall.

When asked how being an amputee affects his life, Jack’s incredulous.

“It has no effect at all,” he scoffs. “After the first year and a half, I figured I could do anything I wanted to. Maybe not tennis, because of the lateral push off, everything else though, no problem.”

Once when Jack was talking to a new amputee, he told the guy to drop a pen against his prosthetic foot. The man said he couldn’t feel anything. Jack told him to do it again. Vibration, once the patient tuned into it, he could feel the vibration go up his leg.

“People think their limb is dead, that there’s no feeling,” Jack says. “That’s not true. They have to lose their fear. They have to walk. They have to trust their prosthetic and themselves.”

“And if they’re struggling with being an amputee, they need to talk to another amputee, join a support group. People mean well – friends, family – but nobody who is not an amputee can tell you what it’s really like.”

Other Amputees In Action

Don Bennett


Denzel Tucker

Dian Hanson

Ken Larson

Gary Wilson