Tragedy can struck at any moment and Brian Frasure knows it best. A paralympic gold medalist, Brian took part at the Boston Marathon when tragedy changed his life, along with the lives of hundreds of other people. Both runners and individuals watching the race lost limbs when the unfortunate event took place, finding themselves in the need of artificial limbs, recovery and advanced prosthetic. Luckily for all those people, highly advanced prosthesis can be used nowadays to replace lost limbs.
Brian Frasure received a robotic ankle on Wednesday, at the East Point Prosthetics, in Kinston. Thanks to the robotic limb, he will be able to lead a normal lifestyle, overcoming his difficulties in returning to everyday routine. However, Brian is not the only person whose life is about to be changed at the East Point Prosthetics. Tony Johnson suffered a logging accident in 2011. Unfortunately, the accident left the poor man with one leg only. Naturally, this has been a terrifying experience for Tony. Cameron Favreau had also lot a limb. He suffered a car accident while working in a car wash.
Below you can read the impressive testimonies of these men.
“Ultimately what we want to do is really sort of copy what nature gave us. So when you have an intact limb, we want to restore that same sort of function back to the patient,” Brian Frasure said. He currently works for I-Walk, a famous US company.
“I stepped on that saw and it just kind of twisted me around, threw me on the ground. My foot went down in there where it cuts the tree and it cut my foot off,” Tony Johnson explained. “It’s easier to walk with. It doesn’t take as much energy. I think it’s great,” he added, naturally referring to the artificial limb.
“I don’t want sympathy but it is hard. It’s hard doing it every day,” Cameron Favreau claimed. “If you’re going to have to have an amputation, it’s actually a good time to be an amputee because of all the advancements that have been made in technology,” he said.
Now, these men are learning to walk again with the use of robotic limbs. Things have become quite simple thanks to the advanced technology on which prosthesis are currently based. However, support and therapy are still needed by all individuals.
“The Department of Defense is where this started so this robotic technology was available for our military guys before it actually came to the private sector. It’s only been available to the private sector for about a year and a half,” a rep for East Point Prosthetics claimed. Robotic limbs are becoming more advanced with every year. They have been able to change the lives of many people, offering them the chance to replace a lost limb and consequently to lead a normal life.