Cancer patient turns to crowdfunding for new prosthetic leg

"Justin Roy Dupuy's right leg was amputated above the knee last October, where the main tumor was. He suffers from a rare form of cancer called sarcoma."

"Since then, he's been using an artificial leg paid for by Quebec's medical insurance board, the RAMQ — but he says the leg, which costs about $20,000, doesn't allow the geological engineer the mobility to do field work."

"Making matters worse, he discovered that if he had lost a leg in a car accident, instead of to cancer, he would have been eligible for a mode advanced leg which would allow him to work in the field, walk up and down hills, and swim. The leg, called the Ottobock Genium X3, costs about $110,000."

"Roy Dupuy suggests the issue lies with his public insurance — if he had been involved in a car crash, he would have had to deal with the automobile insurance board (the SAAQ), and not the RAMQ."

"Despite lobbying from technicians at his rehab center, the RAMQ has indicated it won't pay for the Genium X3 limb. He's raised more than $7,000 in the first 48 hours the page has been up."

From CJAD 800 – News. Talk. Radio.:

Cancer patient turns to crowdfunding for new prosthetic leg
A 26-year-old man who lost his right leg to cancer is has now turned to crowdfunding to buy a new prosthetic limb.

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