He could have lost both of his legs. Vladimir Paller, 56, a former construction designer from Belarus in the Soviet Union, received his first scare, involving his left leg, in 1992, after he and his wife had emigrated to Ontario, Canada. "I was in terrible pain; I couldn't walk," he recalls. Vladmir went to a hospital in Toronto, where he was told his leg would need to be amputated. Fortunately, he consulted with his family doctor, who referred him to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
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