The Prosthetic Leg That Changed Richard’s Life
Imagine: You’re on your way to work on a peaceful spring morning. And in an instant, your life changes forever.
That’s what Richard Drury experienced on May 10, 2011. Richard, an electrician, was walking to his work site when a piece of steel fell on top of him.
The Hagerstown, MD local would eventually need his right leg amputated below the knee. After weeks of rehabilitation, Richard slowly became accustomed to living life with a disability.
“Time in rehab was spent exercising, learning how to get around and perform what used to be my everyday routines,” he says.
Richard had his first casting for a prosthetic leg in June that year, receiving his passive prosthetic three weeks later. But passive prosthetics can be uncomfortable for some, requiring shorter steps that make it difficult to walk at a pace with others.
Richard voiced his concerns to Jeff Quelet, one of Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics’ practitioners in Hagerstown, MD. And Jeff gave him the news that would change his life again — this time, for the better.
A Revolutionary Active Powered Prosthesis: The BiOM Ankle
The BiOM is a battery-powered device that lets amputees like Richard walk with little or no limp, managing uneven terrain and improving mobility and stamina along the way. It replaces the function of lost muscle and tendon anatomy, helping people push off with their foot and propelling them forward.
“It truly does mimic the natural body part,” explains Richard.
More importantly, this revolutionary device meant that Richard could regain his life and pick up where he left off on that spring morning in 2011.
A Turning Point in Richard’s Life
Thanks to the advanced technology of the BiOM, and the support of his wife of 28 years, Petra, and son Austin, Richard has been able to regain what he’s lost.
Now, as he walks confidently down the street, few onlookers would guess that Richard is a product of breakthrough technology.
As Richard puts it, regardless of his challenges, it’s important to remain positive.
“I’ve learned that no matter what comes in life, if you stay focused and work hard, it does get better. Because the only constant in life is change itself.”