Skowhegan Veteran Thrives with New Prosthetic

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SKOWHEGAN, Maine (WABI) - "There's only so much ibuprofen that one person can take until you finally realize that you got to get it looked at."

Sgt. Mike Liscomb's left leg was pinned between two Humvees seven years ago while serving in the Army.

He suffered through the pain and continued his service for months. Upon returning home, and after multiple surgeries and infections, Liscomb opted to have his leg removed.

"I haven't let it get me down. I haven't let it bother me. I still do the same things that I did before that I love to do."

The 29-year-old father enjoys fishing, hunting, and boating - and can once again return to his favorite hobbies thanks to his X-3 microprocessor-controlled prosthetic knee from the Hanger Clinic in Waterville.

"My leg was real stiff because the tendons and everything were so tight and I had so many surgeries that they were like elastic bands. I couldn't bend my knee that much, I couldn't do half the things that I'm doing now."

"He's got a ring here on the liner which seals against the inside of the socket, and you have a one way air valve here so that as he steps into the socket, all the air goes out."

Now feeling much healthier and pain-free, Liscomb can perform all of his daily activities with ease. The waterproof, bionic knee is also equipped with blue tooth technology so Liscomb can control various settings of the appendage right from his smartphone.

"He's going to be playing in a couple of golf tournaments this summer, so we have a golf mode that he can switch into while he swings which applies resistance to the knees so you don't have to worry about any premature buckling or instability."

Developed in collaboration with the military and issued only to service members, the technology has allowed Mike to increase his mobility and encourage other amputees by showing them nothing is impossible.

"We can give a patient the most high tech prosthetic design with all the bells and whistles but it really takes the patient to work for them and Mike has definitely shown how great he's been able to do and really excel with the technology."