Winsted woman fitted for bionic leg in Torrington

February 20, 2012 by  

A 38-year-old Winsted woman has received a new bionic prosthetic leg from Hanger Prosthetics in Torrington. Amy Shopey suffered severe injuries during an accident in October, 2005 while working at the Connecticut Department of Transportation. One of her legs was amputated due to the mishap. She lost her other leg after she developed a flesh eating bacteria.

Shopey is one of a handful of civilians to be fitted with a bionic leg called the Genium, thanks to the U.S. Military. The Genium was involved in the Military Amputee Research Program. Shopey said she’d be wearing the same prosthetic for more than five years and was due for a new one,

Dr. Jeffrey Murray says the Genium is able to make decisions based on Shopey’s activities. The sophisticated prosthetic contains a self-stabilizing device or gyroscope that works similarly to the Wii game system where it follows movement.

The Hanger Orthopedic Group owns and operates hundreds of care centers across the U.S. Its goal is to provide products and services that improve physical capability, according to the company’s website. Brochure printers could provide photos and detailed information on various prosthetic devices.

Shopey says the new leg allows her to do just about everything except submerge in water. Traveling, hiking and bowling are among her many plans for the future. Workers compensation covered the cost of the $95,000 bionic leg.

The Hanger Orthopedic Group owns and operates hundreds of care centers across the U.S. Its goal is to provide products and services that improve physical capability, according to the company’s website. Brochure printers could provide photos and detailed information on various prosthetic devices.

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