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Launching "Coalition To Run & Walk Again" To Aid Boston Terror Victims, Artificial Limb Makers Warn Of Gaps In Health Insurance
Date:4/30/2013

A alliance, that have come forward with help and support for the victims and their families.  The graphic images and accounts from the bombing have propelled the issue of amputation into the national spotlight. As tragic and violent as the circumstances of these injuries were, the 14 people who lost arms, legs, hands or feet as a result of the attack represent a fraction of the 500 people who undergo amputations in the United States on any given day. The world becomes a very different place when you lose a limb, but the beautiful thing is that prosthetic devices can help people regain an amazing amount of function—and there should be no reason why every American amputee shouldn't be fully functional, except that health insurance isn't willing to pay for it."

AOPA Vice President Charles Dankmeyer , founder of Dankmeyer, Inc., an orthotics and prosthetics firm in Linthicum, MD, said:  "All Americans are experiencing the shock of the Boston Marathon bombing, coupled with the desire to assist the victims of this senseless violence and mayhem.  As the certified prosthetists and orthotists who practice in patient care facilities and the orthotic and prosthetic manufacturers who develop the technology and create the components for artificial limbs and customized bracing that restore mobility, we are in a unique position to offer needed assistance.  We want to do what whatever we can to help these fellow Americans as they start this challenging journey."

Currently, there are an estimated 1.9 million people living with limb loss in the United States. Annually, the immediate health care costs for the amputation of a limb – not including prosthetic costs or rehabilitation costs – is estimated to total more than $8.3 billion. A recent study by the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs estimated five-year prosthetic costs to
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SOURCE American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association. Washington, D.C.
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