ADVANCES IN PROSTHETICS ARE A MAJOR REASON WHY,BUT NOW A BREAKTHROUGH THAT SOME BELIEVE COULD BE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT ORTHOPEDIC ADVANCEMENT TO COME OUT OF THE WAR ON TERROR...HAS MANY WOUNDED WARRIORS RECONSIDERING.
SOPHISTICATED PROSTHETICS ALLOW MILITARY AMPUTEES TO RUN AND RETURN TO DUTY. THOSE WHOSE LIMBS ARE SALVAGED HAVEN'T BEEN SO LUCKY.
"Every time I took a step it felt like walking on a bed of nails."
THAT'S WHY STAFF SERGEANT AL LOUANGKETH CONSIDERED HAVING HIS LEG CUT OFF AFTER IT WAS RIDDLED WITH BULLETS IN COMBAT.
"It's a very difficult decision."
BEFORE WOUNDED WARRIORS MAKE THAT DECISION, DOCTOR JOSEPH HSU AT SAN ANTONIO MILITARY MEDICAL CENTER IS OFFERING THEM ANOTHER OPTION.
"It feels like, you know, putting on a new leg."
AFTER SURGERY AND LOTS OF REHAB INJURED SERVICE-MEMBERS STRAP INTO THE IDEO.
"This is my first day doing therapy with it."
SINCE HIS LEG WAS MANGLED IN AN I-E-D ATTACK SPECIALIST CALEB REDELL WALKS LIKE THIS ON HIS OWN. SOON AFTER PUTTING ON THE IDEO, HE CAN DO THIS...
"It was exciting. I haven't done anything like that since I got hurt."
CAPTAIN VICTOR MUNOZ STRUGGLES TO WALK SINCE HIS LEGS WERE CRUSHED BY A DRUNK DRIVER.
BUT WITH TWO IDEOS...HE CAN SPRINT!
DEVELOPER RYAN BLANCK SAYS THE BRACE SUPPORTS THE WEARER'S WEIGHT WHICH CAN HELP RELIEVE PAIN. THESE STRUTS CONNECT THE TOP AND BOTTOM...
...GIVING WOUNDED WARRIORS BACK THE ABILITY TO THRUST THEIR BODIES FORWARD. BLANCK SAYS WHILE SOME WHO TRY IDEO DO DECIDE TO GO THROUGH WITH AMPUTATIONS....
"We've seen a lot of people change their mind."
IT SEEMS THESE GUYS HAVE MADE UP THEIR MINDS.
"I may not be back to 100%, but I'm going to give 110%."
THERE ARE MORE THAN 200 WOUNDED WARRIORS USING IDEOS IN THE RETURN TO RUN PROGRAM.
DOCTOR HSU SAYS HE COULD PROBABLY HAVE THOUSANDS IN IT, BUT RIGHT NOW IT'S NOT AN OFFICIALLY FUNDED PROGRAM.
HE TELLS US EFFORTS ARE UNDERWAY TO CHANGE THAT AND TO EVENTUALLY MAKE IT AVAILABLE TO CIVILIANS.
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