Prosthetic advancements could help Boston bombing victims

04/18/2013 | Wall Street Journal, The · ABC News

At least 13 victims of Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon have had one or more limbs amputated, a number that could grow among the 66 victims who were still being treated at seven area hospitals on Wednesday. While they have a long road to recovery ahead of them, advancements in prostheses could help them to eventually regain use of their amputated limbs, such as custom feet from Freedom Innovations that allow amputees to ski, swim and snowboard. "The misconception is that we are still fitting people with wooden legs, but with the science of prosthetic limbs evolving so quickly in the past 20 years or so, we've gone from wood to robotics," said Matt Albuquerque, president of Next Step Orthotics and Prosthetics.

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