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Hanger Clinic patient first in Iowa to receive new bionic foot; local media covers his story

Clive, Iowa, December 19, 2012 – 69-year-old Hanger Clinic patient Don King, a bilateral amputee, was the first person in Iowa to receive the élan, a new microprocessor-controlled prosthetic foot. Several Iowa-based media outlets recently interviewed King and his Hanger Clinic prosthetist Mike Brown to learn more about the new technology. Following is one of the resulting news clips from WHO-TV (NBC): http://whotv.com/2012/11/20/bionic-feet-first-iowan-gets-new-prosthetic/.

Eight years ago, complications from Charcot foot, the degeneration of a weight bearing joint, resulted in the amputation of King’s left leg below-the-knee, and just four years later, his right leg below-the-knee; however, today he is thriving with the new bionic technology. Since being fit with the élan microprocessor-controlled feet this spring, King says he is able to walk easier with increased confidence, and the new devices give him a sense of security and stability to navigate inclines and declines. He also finds the technology helps him navigate various types of terrain which significantly helps him get around his two farms, and is beneficial when he’s on camping trips with his wife, one of their favorite activities. King generally finds most things much easier now, from the everyday tasks such as navigating his yard to get to the garden, to keeping up with his grandchildren. Currently, King is considering trying to golf again, something he hasn’t done since his amputations.

About the élan – The élan uses patented microprocessor-controlled technology that provides real time, simultaneous adjustments as the user walks. For example, it includes an assist feature that makes it easier for users like King to walk up inclines, and a brake feature that makes it easier for the user to walk down declines. The foot also allows users to walk with ease and confidence on a variety of uneven surfaces (i.e. downhill, over a rocky path), and while changing speeds.

About Hanger: Founded in 1861 by the first amputee of the Civil War, Hanger Clinic, a business unit of Hanger, Inc. (NYSE: HGR), owns and operates 15 patient care clinics in Iowa 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. 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, and follow us at www.Facebook.com/HangerNews and www.Twitter.com/HangerNews.    

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Jennifer Bittner, Hanger, Inc.
512-777-3730, jbittner@hanger.com

Krisita Burket, Hanger, Inc.
904-249-0314, kburket@hanger.com

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