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Special provisions applicable to eTrauma participants

The following special rules apply to you if you were employed by Corp. ("eTrauma") at the time it became a Stryker company or are a former participant in the Corp. 401(k) Retirement Plan (the "eTrauma Plan") whose account balance was transferred to the Plan as of September 30, 2005.
Prior eligibility service credit
You will be credited for eligibility purposes of the Plan with your service with eTrauma, including service credited to you under the eTrauma Plan, as if you had been an employee of the Company when that service was performed.
You will have the following additional account in the Plan:
  • eTrauma matching contribution account. A separate account reflecting your matching contributions to the eTrauma Plan through September 30, 2005, and any other amounts allocable to or chargeable to that account. This account will be subject to the vesting rules described in "Vesting."
Total disability
You will be considered to have suffered a total disability for purposes of the Plan if your condition meets either the Plan's definition of "total disability" (see "Vesting") or the following definition of "disability" (which is based on the eTrauma Plan).
  • "Disability" means that the Participant is unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of a medically determinable physical or mental impairment that can be expected to result in death or that has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.
In-service withdrawals
In addition, your other withdrawal rights under the Plan, you have the following in-service withdrawal rights:
  • Withdrawals after age 59-1/2. You may request a withdrawal of all or a portion of your eTrauma Matching Contribution Account at any time after you have attained age 59-1/2.