Prosthetic Reunited with US Veteran

Kudos to the first responders in Tennessee who recently helped a US veteran who lost a prosthetic leg in a mishap on the water.

Lance Cpl. Ben Maenza, who became a double-amputee in 2010 when he stepped on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan, was pulling into a boat ramp on Old Hickory Lake when he suddenly flipped. Unfortunately, one of his prosthetic legs sank out of sight.

Anyone who uses a prosthetic leg will understand the stress this would cause. Not only was Maenza potentially left without his artificial limb to help him stay mobile and independent, but a quality prosthetic limb is expensive.

Happily, for this US marine, the Hendersonville Fire Department’s dive team came to the rescue. News reports say firefighters searched the lake for the prosthetic limb.

After six hours hunting through water thick with silt and algae, Eric Fotenot and Travis Kimmons found the metal shaft of the marine’s artificial leg.

This story has a good outcome with the marine reunited with his prosthetic leg, but replacement and cost are often worries for amputees and people born with limb differences.

The reality is that over time you may lose, damage, or outgrow your prosthetic and need a replacement. A high quality and potentially high-tech custom prosthetic can be a significant investment.

However, there’s good news. First, costs vary greatly, and our expert prosthetists are always happy to help people consider their options.

Second, there is some financial assistance available to amputees (aside from online crowdfunding, which is also a trendy way for friends and family to help fundraise).

Most importantly, we’ve been in the business for a long time. Consequently, at Teter Orthotics & Prosthetics we accept a wide variety of health insurance plans, plus we have the flexibility to work out individualized extended payment plans.

Our staff will bill your insurance and help you get the coverage and payments from your insurance company. We’ll also assist in finding out when your insurance company may cover a replacement prosthesis so that you have the most current one available.

Time for a replacement or an upgrade? Come and see us for all your prosthetic needs. Teter Orthotics & Prosthetics has been offering expert prosthetic services in Michigan since 1955. You can visit us in more than 20 locations including Traverse City, Cadillac, Grand Rapids, Petoskey, and Marquette.

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