MISSOULA – Documentary director and producer Robin Berghaus will visit Missoula Nov. 13-15 to participate in a number of events hosted by the Department of Physical Therapy in the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Montana.
Berghaus directed and produced “STUMPED” which documents the journey of Will Lautzenheiser, a Montana State University professor who visited the hospital in 2011 for pain in his leg that he thought was a muscle strain. The pain actually was caused by a life-threatening strep infection, and doctors had to amputate his arms and legs to save his life. While in rehabilitation, Lautzenheiser was introduced to the possibility of experimental surgery. In 2014, a donor match was found and he underwent a double-arm transplantation.
Filmed over four years, “STUMPED” follows Lautzenheiser as he redefines his identity and forges a new path with the support of his partner Angel, his family and a world-class medical team. It explores themes of resilience, committed caregiving and the life-changing potential of pioneering medicine.
In addition to lecturing at UM, Berghaus will host a screening of “STUMPED” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the University Center Theater. The event is free and open to the public, with an option to donate to UM’s New Directions Wellness Center, a physical therapy gym which operates as an adaptable learning lab for UM’s physical therapy students.
The UM Health & Medicine initiative will host additional film screenings UM students, and Berghaus will visit with medical residents in the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana. Additionally, Montana high school students will have the opportunity to view the film and hold Q&A sessions with Berghaus on Nov. 14 and 15 via Inspired Classroom, a Missoula-based company which offers distance-interactive learning.
“STUMPED” screenings and director visits are sponsored by the UM Excellence Fund, the Montana Medical Association, New Directions Wellness Center, UMHM, the UM Department of Physical Therapy, the UM Rural Institute and the Western Montana Area Health Education Center. For more information call Martha Robertson, Western Montana Area Health Education Center program coordinator, at 406-243-7946.