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Double-amputee reflects on living with limb loss

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- -

A double-amputee who makes prosthetic limbs in Wisconsin knows what victims of the Boston Marathon bombing are going through.

Francis Manning says hearing about Monday's explosions -- and people whose limbs were amputated -- reminded him of his accident and the challenges he faced.

When Manning was 18, both of his legs were mangled when he tried to jump on a moving train in 1988.

Manning spent a year in a wheelchair before his legs healed enough to make prosthetics a possibility. He now has two prosthetic legs.

He tells WKBT-TV that victims of the marathon bombing are going to have to learn to walk again if they're missing a limb.

Manning now helps others who have lost limbs. He builds prosthetics in La Crosse and mentors fellow amputees.

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