He's been there
Triple-amputee contractor building for boy with similar disabilities
Amputee-contractor Eric Duchesne wields a circular saw Thursday at a Hillhaven Road home in Manchester. (MARK HAYWARD / UNION LEADER.)
Like Duchesne, Carter has only one hand to grab an object. Like Duchesne, he can only use his other arm to brace or prop an object, whether a toy or piece of lumber. And like Duchesne, Carter's sneaker attaches to a leg-like, high-tech rod.
"He's a walking, talking, breathing role model for Carter," said Carter's father, Mike Mead. "He's a hands — a hand-on — kind of guy."
He lost portions of his right arm and both legs.
Duchesne said he worked a few years at a white collar job. But he yearned to work outside, so in 2001 he started Decks-N-More. At times, business was so good that he kept three crews busy, he said. Now he just works with a single crew.
At another point, he trusts his prosthetics enough to brace himself while using his entire body's weight to nudge a vertical post into alignment.
Duchesne said the leg prosthetics, supplied by Next Step Bionics and Prosthetics of Manchester, make it easy to work. His right prosthetic is bionic, with a computer-controlled knee that locks, releases and pivots based on the experience of the user.
"For us, it's not just a deck," Kelliann said, "it's a life experience for Carter."
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