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July 31, 2023
John Rizvi, Esq.

How James E. Hanger, Civil War Amputee, Invented A Prosthetic Leg | Medical Inventions

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If you were a soldier who lost a limb in the Civil War, odds are you'd end up with a peg leg or a hook as a substitute for your missing leg or arm. James II hanger, a civil war amputee changed all of that when he was awarded a US patent for his design and development of a prosthetic leg. While fighting in the Civil War, James was hit by a cannonball, causing him to lose his left leg at the knee, which led to his amputation. However, instead of settling for the standard, uncomfortable pegleg James developed a walkable prosthetic made from barrel staves, rubber bumpers, nails, hinges and joints. It was the first creation of the hanger limb. By 1906, James company hanger Inc, was incorporated. This company grew to be a leading provider of orthotic and prosthetic patient care, and remains a leader in the medical field of prosthetics. Even to this day, James hanger was able to turn his pain of being an amputee into what now stands as a billion dollar company. He turned a loss limb into an innovative business with his patented medical device. What problems in the medical field could you be solving

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