VA Paid for My LegSim
I first became aware of the LegSim in 2005, just after my
amputation. Of all the products advertised for leg amputees as a
walking device, the LegSim seemed to make the most sense. I
watched the videos that were available and it was the only
product that allowed so much versatility. I especially liked how
it could be used to go up or down stairs (with a little
practice). My first thought was that this device would be ideal
for use in an emergency situation since donning my prosthesis
takes me about 5-10 minutes.
to receiving the LegSim, I experienced two severe falls. With
both falls, I was using crutches to go from the bedroom to the
bathroom. The first fall occurred about two months after my
amputation, and it set my recovery back by about six weeks. The
second fall occurred on December 10, 2007. I was a radiography
technologist student and it was the day of my final exam. In
spite of the pain and needing help from my classmates to get
into the class for the test, I still got an A! That fall took 31
days to heal completely.
It was after the second fall that I decided to contact Joe
Schrader of Hartford Walking Systems to inquire about insurance
coverage for the LegSim. He told me that the VA provided them to
Vets. I immediately sought to get one. It took about three
months to acquire it, and I can honestly say that it has been a
major blessing for me.
I no longer fear falling. I live alone and the "peace of
mind" that this product has given me is immeasurable. I don't
fear what I would do if I had to get out in a hurry should a
fire break out in my home.
I use my LegSim everyday, sometimes just for a few minutes
and sometimes all day. It is incredibly easy for me to use, and
I would recommend it to any amputee, or even someone who is
recovering from a leg, knee, ankle, or foot injury or surgery. I
"show it off" to anyone who might benefit from it from time to
time. Most recently, I showed it to an orthopedic PA who has
expressed a great deal of interest in recommending it to his
Hopefully, my testimony can be used to benefit other
amputees, or anyone who could make use of this product.
Edward B. -- Maryland