Your Health: Local Woman Praises Breakthrough Prosthesis


Story Updated: Dec 13, 2012

The iWALK BiOM is a battery-powered prosthetic originally designed for soldiers coming back from war, but it's now available to the private sector.

Lisa Mallette is like a lot of 52 year old women.

She works full time and leads an active life, but she also deals with a major obstacle.

Both of lisa's legs are amputated below the knee due to complications following a automobile accident 13 years ago. 

In June of this year, Lisa saw a CBS report on a breakthrough technology for amputees and she wanted it. 

She contacted Don Holmes of Northern Orthopedic Laboratory who put the wheels in motion.

Her insurance company paid the $120,000 necessary and she got iWALK BiOM prosthetics.

"It's very amazing to actually have something that replaces...the calf muscle that helps propel you forward is just huge," said Holmes.

On the downside, a battery is needed.

It also looks less like a real leg than a conventional prosthesis and there are more limitations on footwear.

But for Lisa, its functionality makes it all worth it. 

"They propel me. They move me. I don't move them, they move me and to me it's like having my legs back. I have my life back," said Lisa.

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Edward Scott said on Monday, Dec 17 at 4:36 PM

You are absolutely correct. I received one of the battery prosthetic devices back in May of 2012 just one word Awesome! I can navigate steps, ride my bicycle more efficiently. The only draw back I see is the foot ware batteries last 4 Hours and I have 4 of them. The more you wear it the more you will like it. Congrats I am Biom 310

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