Advanced new prosthetic hits the ground running

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A new above-the-knee prosthetic called the Genium, which allows users to easily walk backward, go upstairs, bike and step around obstacles on uneven ground, has just hit the streets, according to the New York Daily News.

A 42-year-old Putnam Valley man who lost his left leg to a motorcycle accident was the first to receive it.

“I’m not thinking about my foot being there,” Joe Tucker told the Daily News. “I’m just walking. I’m just doing.”

A certified prosthetist who works with injured military veterans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center called the $95,000 prosthetic “an advancement,” but “not in a league of its own.”

Well, keep the advancements coming.

It’s not news to anyone watching the wars that the numbers of amputees have skyrocketed due to the combination of IEDs, body army armor and medical advancements. The Washington Post reported recently that since  Sept. 11, 2001, 967 American service members have lost at least one limb. Of those service members, 229 have lost more than one.

[via New York Daily News and Washington Post]
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