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New prosthetic helping Utah patients

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - For the first time ever a new revolutionary lower limb prosthetic device is being offered to amputee’s right here in Utah.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah)  - For the first time ever a new revolutionary lower limb prosthetic device is being offered to amputee’s right here in Utah. It's called the BiOM Ankle System and Wednesday it was tested out by a military vet from Tooele.

Developed with the help of the Department of Defense, the Biom Ankle System has only been available to veterans, until now.

For 40 years Mike Park, a Navy vet has been without a leg since being injured in the line of duty.   With the help from the VA Park is now the first to receive the BiOM Ankle system in Utah from Fit-Well Prosthetic and Orthotic Center, a Utah based company.

Testing out the prosthetic for the fist time Park says “It's a lot easier it's a lot easier to climb, a lot more comfortable.”

Fit-Well Certified Prosthetist Scott Allen says the BiOM device gives back amputees movements we often take for granted like hoping, jumping and climbing. “The patient has more endurance, they don't get tired as fast, they can do things longer,” says Allen.

An active person and part of the Tooele search and rescue for 25 years, Park has gone through 35 different prosthetics. This time he says “It feels good, it feels like my real leg is back.”

Averaging $60,000 the device does have some challenges. Allen says it's battery operated so you have to charge it, it's not waterproof, and it is a computer, so it does require software updates. For Park he says the pros far out weight the cons. “I can contribute more when there is a search on. It will make me so I can climb a lot better.  It gives me more mobility to move faster up hills and able to function for the search we do."

Currently, workers comp and the VA are covering the BiOM device. Meanwhile Fit-Well is trying to educate other insurance companies on its benefits.

 

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