Prosthetics coalition pledges to provide artificial limbs for Boston Bombing amputees

The “Coalition to Walk and Run Again" today pledged to cover the costs of artificial limbs for under-insured Boston Marathon Bombing victims. PHOTO CREDIT: REHABINDY.COM
The “Coalition to Walk and Run Again” today pledged to cover the costs of artificial limbs for under-insured Boston Marathon Bombing victims. PHOTO CREDIT: REHABINDY.COM

Officials from the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association has vowed to help victims of the Boston Marathon terror attack who have undergone amputations but do not have the means to pay for prosthetics.

The association today announced the Coalition to Walk and Run Again, which has gotten commitments from practitioners within its national network to ensure the bombing amputees will not have to pay for their first artificial limb.

“We are pledging to provide their first prosthesis,” said Charles Dankmeyer, president of AOPA. “We feel totally confident we’ll be able to do that.”

Coalition members said they expect about a dozen of the amputees will need help paying for their first artificial limb due to severe limits in health insurance coverage. As many as 25 bombing victims had to have amputations, all of their lower limbs, officials said.

“We’re not only fitting the anatomy, we’re fitting the psyche of patient and their family,” said Greig Martino, a certified prosthetist who is working with the bombing victims. “I have been contacted by all of the major component manufacturers that are all willing to donate to these victims and help in any way that they can. We have the skill and ability to handle these patients, to afford them the componentry that they do need and to see that these patients are returned back to what they would consider normal daily activities.”

The care and cost of an initial prosthetic device could cost anywhere between $8,000 and $60,000, according to Martino.

More stats from the AOPA:

Artificial limbs often need to be replaced every five to seven years.

There are about 1.9 million people living with limb loss in the United States.

The annual immediate health care costs for the amputation of a limb, not including rehabilitation, totals about $8.3 billion.

About 500 people undergo amputations in the U.S. each day.

 

 

Follow Morgan Rousseau on Twitter: @MetroMorgan
Follow Metro Boston on Twitter: @MetroBOS


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Man under evaluation for alleged gun threat at…

A man who allegedly threatened to open fire in the building that houses the Los Angeles Times' headquarters was being held in custody for a mental evaluation.

National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

MLB

Jimmy Rollins is key to Phillies success

When John Kruk was asked about what the Phillies need to contend for a playoff berth, the ESPN analyst said Jimmy Rollins needs to play like a MVP again.

MLB

Ben Revere lifts Phillies to avoid sweep

Ben Revere came through with a two-out RBI single against Atlanta’s tough lefthander Alex Wood.

NBA

Season wrap: 76ers make the grade

The 76ers opened the 2013-14 season with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers closed the season with a win at Miami.

NBA

Fantasy basketball: Finding next year's NBA studs

Before we put the 2013-14 fantasy basketball season to bed, it’s worth thinking about next year’s breakouts while they’re fresh in our mind.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.