U.S. Soldiers in Afghanistan Develop Simple Prosthetic Leg Using Local ResourcesBy Quick, Darren; Gizmag,
Publication Date: July 17, 2011
Article describes the development of a simple prototype prosthetic leg developed by a U.S. Army surgeon and colleagues stationed in Afghanistan. The prototype, which can be constructed using local resources, consists of a simple cast attached to a metal rod with a flat hooked foot. The cast can be fitted in as little as a day and can be recast to accommodate the growth of the wearer. The metal rod and flat hook allow the patient to walk more naturally and can be easily reproduced. The first prototype prosthesis was received in June 2011 by an 8-year-old boy who had lost both legs after stepping on a land mine. The next step for the design team is reportedly to teach Afghan doctors to make their own prosthetics and to train them in instructing amputees on their use.
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