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Waterloo business helps soldier walk again

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A Waterloo business is doing their part to help wounded veterans walk again. Clark and Associates is a locally-owned provider of prosthetics and orthotics.

Monday Congressman Bruce Braley visited the business to see the new technology used to help those soldiers.

Iraq Army veteran Derick Hurt is one of those soldiers being helped by this new technology. He was injured September 13th, 2003. It's a date Hurt will never forget, but things are looking up for him as he is now getting fitted for two new prosthetic legs.

Hurt had only been serving in Iraq for about seven months when he and his unit were patrolling the streets and were ambushed. A grenade was thrown and hit him right in between his legs.

He had to have right leg amputated right away. Doctors and Hurt decided to amputate his left leg because it was so severely hurt and he was always walking with pain.

Thanks to Clark and Associates they are fitting him for two prosthetic legs that will be lightweight, allowing him to walk, run, scuba dive, and ski.

"I'm sort of blown away by the technology just being able to be one of the first ones to use it. It just means a whole heck of a lot," said Hurt.

Hurt's prosthetics need to be light enough to move around freely, but strong enough because he is getting into power lifting.

 

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