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Amputee prosthetic legs with Boston bombing survivor’s help

February 18, 2017
In this Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 photo, Heather Abbott, right, prosthetist David Rotter, left, and Vidal Lopez talk amongst themselves at the University of Illinois at Chicago Hospital, in the Near West Side neighborhood. Abbott, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing and founder of The Heather Abbott Foundation, teamed up with Scheck & Siress, a Chicago based prosthetic firm, to provide Lopez with new customizable prosthetic legs. Vidal was born in Chicago but grew up in Mexico. A car crash involving a tractor trailer in July 2016, left him without his legs. He wrote to the Heather Abbott Foundation with hopes to receive a grant to help him pay for the prosthetic legs that he needed. Heather was touched by his story and decided to provide Vidal with the financial support he needed to secure his future. (Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune via AP)
In this Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 photo, Heather Abbott, right, prosthetist David Rotter, left, and Vidal Lopez talk amongst themselves at the University of Illinois at Chicago Hospital, in the Near West Side neighborhood. Abbott, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing and founder of The Heather Abbott Foundation, teamed up with Scheck & Siress, a Chicago based prosthetic firm, to provide Lopez with new customizable prosthetic legs. Vidal was born in Chicago but grew up in Mexico. A car crash involving a tractor trailer in July 2016, left him without his legs. He wrote to the Heather Abbott Foundation with hopes to receive a grant to help him pay for the prosthetic legs that he needed. Heather was touched by his story and decided to provide Vidal with the financial support he needed to secure his future. (Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune via AP)

CHICAGO (AP) — A 19-year-old man who lost his legs in a car accident last year has received a new pair of prosthetic limbs thanks to a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing and a Chicago prosthetist.

The Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/2lMbNFI) reports that Vidal Lopez received the legs from a foundation Heather Abbott created after the bombing. The Rhode Island woman was one of 17 people who lost at least one limb in the April 2013 bombing.

The foundation has given Lopez and about 10 other amputees customized prosthetics not covered by insurance.

Abbott estimates Lopez’s new legs cost about $80,000.

David Rotter, a licensed prosthetist with Chicago’s Scheck & Siress, designed the limbs.

Lopez, who lives in St. Charles, was hurt when a semitrailer plowed into his car in Mexico.

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Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com

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