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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.