A company based in Austin is fitting a Boston bombing survivor with a new prosthetic foot during South by Southwest. The MedTech Expo brings the best and the brightest together to show off the newest technology in the medical field.
For Heather Abbott and Aaron Holm that technology is making a difference increasing independence and mobility. Abbott survived the Boston Marathon bombing and as a result doctors amputated her left leg below the knee. Holm's story of survival goes back to 2007 when he was on the side of the road helping a friend change a tire. That's when he was crushed between two cars on the side of the freeway and he lost both of his legs.
Holm works with Ottobock. The company's North American headquarters is in Austin. New technology helps amputees adapt in real time. The Meridium, which Abbott will be fitted for, offers stability for walking on uneven surfaces, gravel or even cobblestones. It makes walking up ramps, inclines or even walking backwards easier.
Abbott and Holm stopped by Good Day Saturday to share their stories. The two are teaming up and will take the stage together during South by Southwest Interactive.