Thanks to a combination of insurance and donations, Boston marathon survivor, Heather Abbott, is able to have leg prosthesis that are so realistic, you can’t tell them apart from a real limb.
She currently has four prosthesis, one for heels, shower or beachwear (water proof), running, and one flat for bare feet or tennis shoes.
The total estimated costs for all four is about $200,000. To give you an idea of the financial burden over her lifespan, these need to be replaced every 3-5 years.
Increasing accessibility and easing the financial burden from these types of products can improve mental recovery, an important part to the recovery process.
Heather attributed her return to a seemingly normal life after only 7 months since the incident in Boston to her realistic prosthesis.
With the help of her donors, she was able to have a better recovery process. Having access to proper prosthesis that enable victims to be independent and live a normal lives help mental recovery.
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