“The general public is largely unaware of the challenges faced by the amputee community. While the visible effects may be easy to see, the emotional difficulties and financial stress can be equally as challenging,” Matzie, D-Ambridge, said in a statement. “This awareness month is meant to draw attention to those challenges, but it is also meant to recognize the strength and fortitude of the amputee community.”
Nearly 2 million Americans of all ages, races and genders have had amputations while another 28 million Americans are currently at risk for amputation, according to a news release.
Limb loss can arise from many factors including vascular deficiencies, bone malignancies, congenital defects, or as the result of an accident.
“While the field of prosthetics has grown immensely, the costs of these devices are still prohibitive and they often need to be replaced every few years,” Matzie said. “As the technology continues to grow, I am confident that these prosthetics will become more readily available.”
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