Matthew first came to The Doctors seeking the help he needed to finally turn his life around after losing both his legs due to his heroin struggles and battling years of substance abuse. He returns once again to share an update on his amazing progress.
During his last appearance on the show, we outfitted him with prosthetic legs, but unfortunately, they were not the right fit. With the help of Hanger Clinic Bilateral Above-Knee Amputee Bootcamp, he began using a smaller prosthetic which helped prepare him to walk out on our stage -- just like he promised he would do during his last visit.
"It feels incredible, I can't even put it into words how incredible it feels," he says of walking, as he beams with a smile.
Also joining the show is the team of people who have helped Matthew overcome his addiction including psychiatrist Dr. Todd Hutton, psychologist Dr. Brian Licuanan, VP of prosthetics at Hanger Clinic Kevin Carroll -- along with his supportive family.
His dad Terry calls his journey "amazing." He admits he had his doubts at times, but shares, "I knew he could do it." Mom Cathy says, "I'm so incredibly proud of him... the second half of his life is going to be so much better and more rewarding than the first." Sister Tera tells us, "He's just taken off in life and it's amazing."
Dr. Hutton credits much of Matthew's success with his transcranial magnetic stimulation treatments, which he says have helped treated his depression, urges of addiction and phantom limb pain. Dr. Licuanan explains that Matthew accomplished a series of small victories during his recovery in order to keep his sense of hope alive.
Matthew is currently out of pain and no longer taking any pain medications. He tells ER physician Dr. Travis Stork, "You guys have provided me with the tools that I needed to be able to get clean and sober and that inspired the motivation and the courage to go forward."
See the amazing surprise we have in store for Matthew with his friends Clayton, Cameron and Donato. Plus, find out how Matthew plans to take his inspiring journey and story to more people with the help of wellness coach and psychologist Dr. Brian Alman, in the video below.
"Realize where you are in your path and always try and wake up and do better than you did the day before," Matthew adds.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction please call the confidential and free National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP or visit their website.