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New brace, new lease on life for wounded service members
New brace, new lease on life for wounded service members

Doctors gave Army Sgt. Jacob Richardson a difficult choice after a gunshot to the thigh while on patrol in Iraq in September 2010 shattered his femur and frayed the surrounding nerves and tissue. They could amputate and outfit him with a high-tech prosthetic. Or they could try to save his leg with no guarantees. He opted to "salvage" his leg and endured a drawn-out series of surgeries and therapies. Even then, he had to leave his eight-year military career and couldn't run. "I was going from the infantry, where I was running five miles every other day, to being relegated to a wheelchair," said Richardson. "I was really limited in what I could do." But...

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