It was by accident that Shubert Chang chose a career in the medical profession. He lost his left leg in a motorcycle wreck in North Miami Beach when he was 15.
“That sent my career down a different road,” Chang said.
But it was no accident that Chang became one of South Florida’s top pediatric prosthetist-orthotist, serving more than 10,000 children, mostly special-needs kids at his Davie-based Dynamic Orthopedics. He had been in their shoes — literally — and he knew what it was like to experience a life-changing moment at a young age.
“I’ve been there,” he said.
But he won’t be there to help anymore. After returning from a week-long trip to Taiwan, Chang collapsed on Aug. 23 at his Plantation home and died of heart failure. He was 47.
Chang leaves behind a wife, Melisa, a physical therapist who met Shubert after she lost her lower right leg in a motorcycle accident when she was 19; daughters Cameryn and Amanda; several other family members; and thousands of South Florida disabled children who have been counting on his expertise and sense of humor for 13 years.