I was looking at a post on Facebook the other day and someone had written about an amputee being a Cyborg by definition. Now, as a huge Sci-Fi fan, I had to find out the truth of the matter. I had to do a little research.
My first stop was to Dictionary.com. Where I found this entry when I looked up Cyborg It is very clear in the definition of what a cyborg is: The question is whether or not my leg would be considered 'Mechanical' So I looked up the definition of Mechanical and while not quite as clear, since the term is used both as a noun, adjective and adverb it seems pretty clear that my 'device' has moving parts and qualifies as a mechanical device.
Regardless of what some people @CMSGov may think with their proposed changes to the Medicare DME LCD that I spoke about in a recent post, I am dependent on this 'device' to get around. While I can survive, separated from it, I function better when I have it on. It is my belief that all amputees who use prosthetic devices would qualify for the distinction of being called Cyborgs. What do you think? Comment below and let me know.
By the way, any Tony Starks or Bruce Waynes out there that want someone to test out one of their cool new toys.... I'm game!!