Marathon amputees could get artificial limb help

Marathon amputees could get artificial limb help

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BOSTON (AP) - Boston Marathon amputees who don't have insurance that covers the cost of their first artificial limb could find help from a new coalition of prosthetics industry groups.

The Coalition To Run & Walk Again pledged Tuesday to provide the first artificial device for each needy patient.

American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association Executive Director Tom Fise says the coalition won't cut patients a check, but will rely on members to supply devices.

Patients need a doctor's letter that says their injury happened in the marathon bombing and they don't have adequate insurance.

Dr. David Crandell, who heads the amputee rehab program at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, says the coalition's offer helps assure him patients will have support they need.

He says the Boston hospital is now treating eight marathon amputees.

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