WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Tornado survivor Stephanie Decker is ending 2012 on a high note after a year of dramatic challenges. Thursday the nation will see the Indiana mother walk for the first time with new prostheses that incorporate a novel approach to automated foot and ankle control. The underlying technology provides patients with enhanced stability, function and mobility options.
Decker, who shielded her children from the March twister as it destroyed their home, had to have parts of her legs amputated after crushing debris fell on her. Decker chose Orthocare Innovations ( www.orthocareinnovations.com), a developer of advanced orthotic and prosthetic devices, to fit her with its Magellan™ Microprocessor Foot Ankle System.Ellen DeGeneres will feature an update on Decker on her nationally syndicated talk show scheduled to air Thurs., Dec. 13. Decker says, "The Magellan feet have catapulted my abilities to walk, work out at the gym, and achieve my personal goal of attaining my life back. Not only does it allow movements that were virtually impossible before, it has given me the confidence to feel like a vibrant and beautiful woman again." Magellan brings a novel approach to lower limb prosthetics by mimicking key features of the human ankle that are essential to normal gait. The human ankle instantly changes from supple to firm and from flexible to powerful while walking or running. Magellan offers active ankle function using microprocessor computer control, combined with advanced, micro-hydraulic technology, providing persons who have lost limbs with enhanced efficiency, stability and comfort. Another innovative feature is Magellan's connectivity, linking the device to its user and the user's health care providers. This functionality, afforded by iPhone and iPad apps and Bluetooth technology, enables patients to make adjustments to Magellan themselves, such as adaptations to account for changes in footwear. This functionality extends to health care providers, affording access to patient performance and device diagnostics.