In Boston, helping amputees is this family's biz

Nov 07, 2013 740

When amputees take their first steps on artificial legs, that moment of triumph can be tinged with a sudden sense of disappointment that things will never be the way they were before. Paul Martino, president of a family-run Massachusetts prosthetics company, has seen it many times. Lately, he has seen it with survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing.

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.

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