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|Connecticut media reports on Hanger patient Amy Shopey's new bionic leg developed in collaboration with U.S. Military|
Torrington, Conn., June 6, 2012 – 38-year-old Connecticut resident Amy Shopey was one of the first 25 civilians in the nation to be fit with a bionic prosthetic leg developed in collaboration with the U.S. Military called the Genium Bionic Prosthetic System. Launched summer 2011, the Genium combines a complex sensory system with sophisticated rule sets to create the world's first intuitive knee, allowing patients to immediately change speeds, walk up stairs, backwards, multi-directionally, over obstacles, and in wet rugged environments – all with greater efficiency.
Shopey spoke to several local media outlets about the new technology and the difference it is making in her life:
-WVIT-TV (NBC): Connecticut Woman Shows Off Bionic Leg
About Amy Shopey – At the age of 32 while working for the Department of Transportation, Shopey fell into the back of a sander vehicle and her leg got caught in an auger belt. Shopey was alone, but was able to reach her phone to call 911. The accident resulted in the amputation of her left leg below-the-knee. Unfortunately, her nightmare was not yet over. While in the hospital, she contracted a flesh eating bacteria, which sent her to the ICU for 12 days where she spent time in a hyperbaric chamber, and ultimately wasn’t expected to survive. Proving to be a fighter, Shopey overcame the insurmountable odds – after a second amputation to remove additional portions of her leg above-the-knee and a long rehabilitative journey, today, Shopey is thriving with the new Genium bionic technology. Since being fit with the Genium, Shopey finds she is able to walk much more naturally, can walk upstairs foot-over-foot for the first time since her amputation, and is able to walk her dogs around a nearby lake without the fear of falling, despite uneven terrain. She is also able to navigate her office much easier, can keep pace with her friends, and is looking forward to an upcoming trip to Antigua where she’ll use the bionic leg to hike, horseback ride, and participate in any other adventurous activities she can make time for.
About the Genium Bionic Prosthetic System – Developed in collaboration with prosthetics manufacturer Otto Bock Healthcare and the U.S. Military, the Genium Bionic Prosthetic System is the world’s first intuitive knee. The Genium uses advanced-process measuring and control technologies that allow patients to walk with greater efficiency, as well as up stairs, backwards, multi-directionally, and over obstacles. It does this by combining a complex sensory system (including an accelerometer and a gyroscope) with sophisticated rule sets to offer unique features that optimize gait and increase confidence. For more information on the Genium, visit http://www.hanger.com/prosthetics/services/Technology/Pages/Genium.aspx.
About Hanger: Founded in 1861 by the first amputee of the Civil War, Hanger Clinic, a business unit of Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc. (NYSE: HGR), owns and operates nine patient care clinics in Connecticut and 700+ nationwide. The certified clinicians of Hanger provide patients with the latest in orthotic and prosthetic solutions, including microprocessor devices for those with limb loss and neuromuscular technologies for those with paralysis due to stroke, MS and other debilitating conditions. After a six-month celebration of its 150th anniversary, on February 1, 2012 Hanger unveiled a comprehensive new brand identity to position the company for the future. Subject to shareholder approval, the new brand includes renaming the parent company from Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc. to “Hanger, Inc.”, and referring to the patient care business as “Hanger Clinic” (formerly Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics). For more information on Hanger and the new brand, visit www.hanger.com.
Jennifer Bittner, Hanger Orthopedic Group
Krisita Burket, Hanger Orthopedic Group