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How do prosthetics help people who have had an amputation?

A prosthetic is an artificial limb that replaces a missing body part. Its goal is to help a patient perform ordinary, day-to-day activities. At the minimum, a prosthetic should help an amputee take care of basic tasks such as eating, walking, and getting dressed. Technology in prosthetics has improved to the point where some amputees can do everything they did before they lost their limb. Some people with prosthetics have even done amazing things such as climbing mountains or running marathons.

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