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RI prosthetic company ready to assist victims
RI Limb has not yet received inquires
Updated: Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013, 6:28 PM EDT
Published: Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013, 2:42 PM EDT
By Angie Angers
Reporting By Andrew Adamson
CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) -- The tragic Boston Marathon bombings that killed 3 people and injured over 170 more have forced a number of victims to get amputations.
It is not the end of the road for them, with state-of-the-art prosthetics like those at Rhode Island Limb.
Warwick resident Kristen Mello spends her time getting fit and helping others do the same. Kristen though is not a typical fitness trainer as she was born without her right leg.
That hasn’t stopped Kristen. She’s been training for a half marathon with the help of specialists at Rhode Island Limb in Cranston.
“If you have the will and the mentality you can do anything that you put your mind to regardless of your disability,” she said.
Like Kristen, many of those amputees will have to get prosthetics. Since these can be expensive, the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association has stepped in to help national and local organizations like Rhode Island Limb assist victims without insurance.
One prosthetist said helping those who were affected is an honor.
“To have the ability or the opportunity to use our skills to help these people that have been affected so much is actually kind of an honor,” said Jonathon Teoli, a Rhode Island Limb Prosthetist.
Rhode Island Limb has not had any inquiries from any Boston Marathon victims yet, but they say if they do, they will help them out free of charge.