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Amputee ready to get back to everyday life

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By: Brittany Paris

It's a day 24-year-old Andrew Rogge never thought he'd see. He can walk, step up, even ride a bike.

And it's all thanks to his X3 Microprocessor-Controlled leg. It's the result of a collaboration between the U.S. Military and Ottobock, a prosthetics manufacturer.

It lets amputees move in ways that used to be thought impossible. It's the first electronic leg that is completely waterproof, allowing for fishing, swimming and wake boarding. Things Andrew loves to do.

"First thing I said to my dad was, 'I'll never be able to wake board again,'" Andrew said on Wednesday.

On June 4, Andrew was in a serious crash. He was driving on a country road when his truck and another truck collided.

"He had suffered a broken femur, totally dislocated knee. Femur was busted in five pieces," his dad, Mike Rogge, said.

Doctors put Andrew back together. But after just 10 days, his leg got infected, and eventually had to be removed.

His family says it's been rough on them, but Andrew's positive attitude has made it easier.

Andrew says he wasn't willing to let his amputation slow him down or stop him from doing the things he loved. So he Googled, and he found the X3 and the things it was allowing other amputees to do.

"I knew what it was gonna be if I didn't get this. I was gonna have two different legs. One that can get wet and dirty and one to go to the movies or out on a date or something," he said.

On Sunday, Andrew swam for the first time. With his prosthetic leg, he can bike and golf.

It's programmed by a computer and is all activated used a key fob-sized remote.

It can also be put on mute. That silences vibration and beeps, which allows him to do things like hunt, which he's already done this season.

"I can do things in a different way. The only thing, I make a joke about it, I can't jump as high," he said.

He's still doing physical therapy at Madonna.  Now, he wants to give back and help kids in the same situation.

"I know I can help those people and tell them, 'Yeah. It's tough and it is tough, but it'll get a lot easier," Andrew said.

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