'A huge milestone'
After suffering a motorcycle accident nearly five years ago, Zac Vawter, now 32 years old and living in Seattle, lost his right leg below the knee. However, at roughly the same time, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University had developed a specialized surgery, called targeted muscle reinnervation. Vawter applied to be a volunteer and was an ideal candidate for the surgery because his amputation was below the knee.
"For the first time since my injury, the bionic leg allows me to seamlessly walk up and down stairs and even reposition the prosthetic by thinking about the movement I want to perform. This is a huge milestone for me and for all leg amputees," Vawter said.
October 12, 2013 6:55 PM PDT
Photo by: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
| Caption by: Nick Statt
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