Waterproof leg could change lives - Fox 28: South Bend, Elkhart IN News, Weather, Sports

Waterproof leg could change lives

Waterproof leg could change lives

Posted:
We all know electronics and water don't mix.  But now there's some new waterproof technology that could be a life changer for amputees.  It's a waterproof leg.

Jim Milliken is a Vietnam Veteran, who lost both legs to a landmine in 1968.  He's had about a dozen prosthetic legs since.  Wednesday, he tried out the newest thing on the market, the Ottobock X3.

Talking about the prosthetic leg Milliken said, "this is really nice."
 
Why is it so nice?  Milliken's prosthetist, Norbert Fliess explained saying, "This one is completely waterproof."
   
Fliess, of American Limb & Orthopedic Company, said before this new technology if an amputee wanted to get in a pool, go to the beach, or even just take a shower the leg had to come off.  "He could actually get in the shower and take a shower standing up with this type of prosthesis, where before he wasn't able to do that."

Standing in the shower sounds good to Milliken.  "Boy that would be something for me to try.  I haven't stood up to take a shower in a really long time"

He said the new technology could change lives, especially for new amputees coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan.  "It'd be almost as good as having a regular leg.  So many more things you could do with it."

There's just one issue.  The waterproof leg costs between 60 and 80 thousand dollars and a lot of the time insurance won't pay.
Fliess said, "If I could I would put this on every above knee amputee I could...we still have that problem in the United States, we don't put some of the best stuff on some of our patients and I wish we could."

So Milliken and other amputees will have to wait until the new technology becomes more attainable.

"I'd like to see that day," said Fliess
  
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Two shot, one killed in downtown Chicago office building

    Two shot, one killed in downtown Chicago office building

    200 block of LaSalle in Chicago (FOX32 photo)200 block of LaSalle in Chicago (FOX32 photo)
    CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - A recently demoted executive entered a Loop office building in Chicago on Thursday morning and shot the company’s CEO before turning the gun on himself and committing suicide, authorities said. The shooting happened just before 10 a.m. at the ArrowStream company on the 17th floor of the Bank of America building, 231 S. LaSalle St. “Apparently he was despondent over the fact that he got demoted,” Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said.More >>
    CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - A recently demoted executive entered a Loop office building in Chicago on Thursday morning and shot the company’s CEO before turning the gun on himself and committing suicide, authorities said. The shooting happened just before 10 a.m. at the ArrowStream company on the 17th floor of the Bank of America building, 231 S. LaSalle St. “Apparently he was despondent over the fact that he got demoted,” Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said.More >>
  • South Bend Police looking for a man who allegedly exposed himself to children

    South Bend Police looking for a man who allegedly exposed himself to children

    Yesterday afternoon, a seven year old boy was playing with his six year old friend on the 1000 block of South Ironwood, when an unknown male tried to lure the children to a nearby garage according to the South Bend Police Department.The children refused at which point the man exposed his genitalia. The children ran into a nearby home and the suspect left the area in a direction unknown to police.The man is described as having gray balding hair and wearing light colored shorts.More >>
    Yesterday afternoon, a seven year old boy was playing with his six year old friend on the 1000 block of South Ironwood, when an unknown male tried to lure the children to a nearby garage according to the South Bend Police Department.The children refused at which point the man exposed his genitalia. The children ran into a nearby home and the suspect left the area in a direction unknown to police.The man is described as having gray balding hair and wearing light colored shorts.More >>
  • Orville Redenbacher withdraws Indiana sponsorship

    Orville Redenbacher withdraws Indiana sponsorship

    ChicagoLand Popcorn has become the title sponsor of an Indiana popcorn festival after ConAgra Foods withdrew its Orville Redenbacher sponsorship.More >>
    ChicagoLand Popcorn has become the title sponsor of an Indiana popcorn festival after ConAgra Foods withdrew its Orville Redenbacher sponsorship.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

Fox 28

WSJV-TV FOX 28
58096 County Road 7, South
Elkhart, IN 46517

Switchboard: 574.679.9758
News Phone: 574.679.4545
Station Fax: 574.294.1267
Email: fox28news@fox28.com

All content ©Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSJV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Heather Stewart at (574) 343-5310. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.