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Veteran regains mobility and hobbies
By Hannah McDuffie, TVHS public affairs
Wednesday, April 21, 2021Marlon Bounds feels like a superhero.
Bounds is one of two Veterans at Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, and a handful of recipients in the nation to receive a new type of prosthetic leg featuring a motor-powered microprocessor prosthetic knee that uses artificial intelligence and cutting-edge technology.
“The new leg feels almost human,” Bounds said about his new, next-generation POWER KNEE by Össur, an international company that developed the prosthetic. “When the [VA] prosthetic team told me about this prosthetic leg and what it does, I thought I’ll have my leg back and at full function.”
According to Össur, the POWER KNEE is the world’s first motor-powered microprocessor prosthetic knee. The prosthetic uses artificial intelligence to detect and aid human movement patterns such as speed and cadence when walking, kneeling, standing, and sitting.
Bounds suffered a left leg injury during his 14-year Army career that required doctors to amputate the leg in 2016 after an infection. He has used a prosthetic leg ever since. He said the new prosthetic feels different and better.
“This one [the prosthetic knee], so far, is top-notch,” Bounds said. “I can power through obstacles. It can lift me up. It helps me go downstairs. Now, I can cut my grass a little bit better. I can do things better now than I did before, and it makes me look like a superhero.”
George Lara, regional sales manager for Össur, explained the prosthetic is in early market acceptance.
“The Nashville and Boston VA are the only VA sites to receive the POWER KNEE,” Lara said. “It means a lot to help Veterans. VA understands patient outcomes, and they understand the need to develop technology in order to improve patient outcomes. At the end of the day, the folks who benefit from this are VA patients.”
Bounds credits his prosthetic team and Össur for helping him regain his mobility.
“The level of care here with Paul, Mike, and [TVHS] prosthetics, is top-notch,” he said. “I did see an outside provider, but I came back to the VA, and I’m not going anywhere because the care here is top-notch.”
Watch NewsChannel 5 coverage on TVHS Prosthetics here.