Wednesday, November 27, 2013

UK Wounded get a leg up

From the MoD:

Life-changing prosthetics technology

27 November 2013

 Corporal Matt Webb trying out his new prosthetic legs at Headley Court

At a facility that was held today at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court, some of the 50 patients who have been fitted with ‘bionic’ legs, which have provided essential new movement possibilities, talked about their experiences.

Government funding is providing new prosthetics, including the Genium ‘bionic’ leg made famous by Private Derek Derenalagi in the 2012 Paralympic Games.

Earlier this year the government committed over £6.5 million to guarantee that injured personnel and veterans with above-the-knee amputations could receive the latest technology prosthetics. 

Ninety ‘bionic’ legs have since been fitted, which give patients the ability to step over obstacles, negotiate stairs and walk backwards safely....

Much more here.

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