Bakersfield man gets first power knee replacement in Kern Couty
Chris Allen lost his leg in a motorcycle accident
Last Updated: 103 days ago
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Losing a limb can be a horrific experience but for one local man, his new prosthetic knee is making strides thanks to new technology.
Lower limb amputees in Kern County are among the first in the United States to receive the world's first and only motorized prosthetic knee.
When Chris Allen got in a motorcycle accident one year ago, he never thought he'd walk again
“I was on my Harley Davidson, northbound on old river when a 19-year-old man who was texting a driving made a U-turn and ran me over,” Allen said.
Doctors told him they had to amputate his left lower limb. He researched different types of prosthetics when he discovered Ossur's new power knee, and he's one of the first in the United States to receive one.
Trevor Townsend, a certified prosthetist at the Valley Institute of Prosthetics and Orthotics, recently became one of the first of a limited number of people to be certified as a power knee provider in the U.S.
The power knee is designed to replace lost muscle function that gives Chris the ability to climb stairs and do other daily tasks that he says he'll never take for granted again.
“When I got my leg I got my independence back, I got my livelihood back,” Allen said, “I can walk and not depend on somebody else to be there to help support me with anything.”
The price tag for this state of the art technology is not cheap at $68,000. Allen said his insurance reimbursed much of the cost. The cost of his life is priceless.
“You know the old saying you don't know what you have until you lose it? Well lose a limb and you'll understand what it means,” Allen said.
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