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HEALTH TECH Prosthetic limbs get smarter with microprocessors

Va. vet is one of first to get microprocessor-controlled waterproof knee

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Posted: Monday, July 15, 2013 12:00 am

Donald Crosby, injured by a gunshot wound during combat in the Vietnam War, has worn a prosthetic leg since 1971, so he can attest to how much better prostheses are now compared with then.

“The very first knee unit I had was nothing more than a door hinge with a screw to give it some friction,” he said. “That’s how far the field has come.”

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