May 29, 2017 -- Brandon Korona, 26, Army veteran and Massachusetts native, underwent an experimental, surgical procedure to amputate his lower left leg at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital. This is the second time that this experimental procedure, called the Ewing Amputation, has been performed.
First performed on Jim Ewing in July 2016, the Ewing Amputation is an experimental procedure that redefines the way a traditional amputation is done. If successful, this dynamic-model amputation will enable him to perform complex actions and feel sensation by using building blocks in the body to allow his brain to interact with a new-generation, robotic prosthetic.
The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation at BWH is supporting this research and Brandon's clinical care. Gillian Reny and her family are survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Inspired by Gillian's resilience, and grateful to the BWH team that saved her life, the Reny family established the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation to support innovations in trauma research and care. To learn more, visit steppingstrong.bwh.harvard.edu.