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Revolutionary new procedure may help people avoid amputations


It's a terrible human toll you might not know about — more than 1 million limbs are amputated every year due to poor blood flow. A New Jersey hospital is working on a groundbreaking treatment that could give those at risk of amputation the greatest gift of all — a chance to keep their limbs. "I'm 83 years old, so I lived a good life," said Charles McClester. McClester, a diabetes sufferer, knew if doctors had to take his foot, his good life would forever change. "I can't imagine what that would be like," he said. But limb amputations do happen — every 30 seconds in the U.S. Many of these cases could be avoided, said Dr. John Rundback of Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, New Jersey. more

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