Orlando man first civilian fitted with waterproof bionic prosthetics
ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Cameron Clapp is a memorable guy, not because he is missing his legs and most of his right arm, but because of his personality. The 27-year-old man has just become the first civilian fitted with waterproof bionic prosthetic legs.
"I felt like a kid in a candy shop, because I was just so full of energy," he said.
It's a dream come true for a surfer from California.
"I can play with my family in the water, I can go down watersides at the water park, I can get in the pool and just splash around!"
Cameron lost his legs and arm 12 years ago, when he was struck by a train. Doctors said he'd never walk again, until his family found Kevin Carroll.
"He came in and he is in his wheelchair. His mom, his dad, his brothers and sisters were all there, and it just wasn't happening for him," said Carroll, Vice President of Hanger Clinic. "We looked at him, and we said, 'Cameron, we know you can walk.'"
He fitted Cameron with his first prosthetics that day. The two have become close friends ever since.
Carroll says prosthetic technology is quickly progressing.
"It has gyroscopes. It has telerometers. The same kind of technology that is in your smart phone."
Cameron's model-- the X3s were developed from military technology. He has been working with disabled veterans for years, hoping his story will help them find a new beginning.
"I get to interact with them and as a mentor, see them progress to where they get out of their wheelchair, and they walk on two prosthetic legs, and they live their life to the fullest."