'Bionic legs' for Armed Forces

All members of the Armed Forces injured in Iraq or Afghanistan will be able to get state-of-the-art micro processor limbs. Those waiting for a limb will get new ones fitted straight away. Those prosthetic legs will get theirs replaced.

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Defence Secretary 'delighted' about prosthetic advances

Around 160 individuals who were injured in Iraq or Afghanistan, will benefit from Government funds for the most up-to-date prosthetic limbs available.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said: "One of this Government's top priorities has always been to give our troops the best possible care and support."

Philip Hammond, Defence Secretary was "delighted" to make the announcement Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

Mr Hammond said he was "delighted" to announce funds of £6.5 million which will be used to ensure UK servicemen and veterans injured in Afghanistan or Iraq have the opportunity to "upgrade to the most technologically advanced prosthetics currently available."

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Bionic leg technology: How does it help?

All members of the Armed Forces, past and present, injured in Iraq or Afghanistan will be able to get state-of-the-art micro processor limbs, known as "bionic legs".

The benefits of the new legs:

  • Dramatically improve the quality of life for rehabilitation amputees
  • The leg will provide better stability
  • It will allow for more mobility
  • Improvements in the ability to step over obstacles, negotiate stairs and walk backwards safely
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Funding guarantees up to date limbs for amputees

Whitehall will today announce a funding boost to guarantee leg amputees get the most up-to-date prosthetic limbs available.

All members of the Armed Forces, past and present, injured in Iraq or Afghanistan will be able to get state-of-the-art micro processor limbs, known as "bionic legs".

British Paralympic discus thrower Derek Derenalagi's "bionic legs" Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

The £6.5 million which will fund this has been made available by the Chancellor from the Treasury's Special Reserve.

The leg will be the same as the one used by British Paralympic discus thrower Derek Derenalagi.

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