In Boston, helping marathon bombing amputees walk again is this family’s business

November 6, 2013 6:43 AM

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In Boston, helping marathon bombing amputees walk again is this family’s business

Since the April 15 attack, eight people who lost one or both legs have come to United Prosthetics, a company that Martino’s Italian immigrant grandfather, originally a shoemaker, started in Boston in 1914.

Inside the company’s two-story brick building in the city’s Dorchester section, crews use carbon fiber to fabricate sockets that fit over the end of a wounded leg. Then they connect the sockets to artificial knees and feet that are manufactured elsewhere.

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