November 2015

Ossur hosts Boston bombing survivors

Boston Marathon bombing survivors Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky in September visited Össur’s global headquarters in Reykjavik, Iceland, to discuss their experiences as recent amputees and to learn about innovations in prosthetic limbs.

In April 2013, then-newlyweds Downes and Kensky were spectators standing near the marathon’s finish line. Both lost lower limbs as a result of the explosion and wear Össur prostheses. Downes is a below knee amputee, and Kensky recently became a bilateral below knee amputee after undergoing a number of surgeries.

During their visit, the couple gave feedback about their Össur devices to the company’s R&D team and previewed next-generation prosthetic innovations.

Robert Barber, US ambassador to Iceland and longtime family friend of Downes, and Mike Corcoran, CPO, who heads the Medical Center Orthotics & Prosthetics in Silver Spring, MD, accompanied the couple on their tour. Corcoran played a central role in Kensky’s recovery while she received care at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center earlier this year.

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