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Prosthetics and related treatment in 1985

Setting: Midwestern U.S.A., 1985
Character: 17 year old male, missing both arms and legs, cut off a little above the elbow and knee, respectively
Searched: "prosthetics in 1985", "Prosthetics", "adjusting to Prosthetics", "replacement limbs", "fake limbs", "physical therapy prosthetics"

I have a character from a not-quite apocalyptic setting (It's getting there, but there's a great deal of people trying to stop it, and civilization hasn't gone the way of the dodo, but things definitely aren't sunshine and roses), transported to very non-apocalyptic earth, circa 1985. The character in question lost his legs and arms 3 years ago, and got metal replacement in his home verse.

Those replacements functioned like real limbs, complete with working joints and some sensation, from pressure and vibration. However, when transported to N-A earth, those metal limbs were left behind. I want to figure out what level of replacement limbs would be available to him, how he would be treated in a hospital, what sort of physical therapy he'd go through, things like that.

My goal is to thoroughly frustrate this character, who is used to being treated like an adult, expected to pull his own weight, not have people react to his disabilities, being able set his own schedule, being almost fully mobile, etc.  So I'm looking for the clunkiest, inefficient prosthetics, and most irritating hospital experience available in 1985, basically.
Tags: 1980-1989, usa: health care and hospitals, ~medicine: prosthetics
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