Walter Reed Army Medical Center Patients Trying New Bionic Leg System

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new type of technology for artificial limbs is showing promise for wounded troops.

Walter Reed Army Medical Center, in Washington, is testing out a new bionic lower leg system which is powered. It simulates muscle function for those who've had amputations below the knee.

Army Col. Paul Pasquina, head of the hospital's Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, says the motors on the bionic limbs make it much easier for patients to move their feet and ankles.

One soldier, who's been fitted with the artificial limb, says it's making life much easier. He says he's even enjoying the ability to go shopping all day with his wife.

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