Mary Free Bed shows off new prosthetic limb technology
Updated: Wednesday, April 24 2013, 08:43 PM EDT
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – The terrorist bomb attacks at the Boston Marathon last Monday killed three people and injured more than 200.
Of those injured, 16 people lost limbs.
Although those who lost limbs face many challenges, they can take advantage of the latest technology.
Newschannel 3 went to the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids Wednesday at get a first-hand look.
“They were there at one point, totally two legs, and normal and then instantly their whole lives changed,” said Pat Logan, the Vice President of Orthopedics and Prosthetics.
Logan said the bombings brought him back to when he lost one of his own legs 23 years ago after an ATV crash.
“What am I going to do? Am I ever going to be the same?” Logan said, reflecting on his amputation.
Those are lots of questions that could be solved with technology.
“There are computerized feet, there are computerized knees. People could be ready for a prosthetic fitting within a few weeks, maybe a month. ” Logan said.
Not only do they make prosthetic limbs at Mary Free Bed, they test them out.
In the Motion Analysis Center, patients are recorded walking on multiple cameras.
The footage is slowed down so technicians can make sure the limbs are a perfect and comfortable fit.
“We still haven't gotten to the point where it's the original. But you can get very close. If a person is otherwise healthy, they can regain most of their abilities,” Logan said.
The amputees in Boston are heavy on the minds of patients and staff at Mary Free Bed.
“There's light at the end of the tunnel. Try to keep yourself on a plane you realize there's hope,” Logan said.
If you'd like to help those impacted by the Boston terror attack, go to the links page of WWMT.com.