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15 Months After Losing Limbs, Quadruple Amputee Walks 5K

15 Months After Losing Limbs, Quadruple Amputee Walks 5K

September 16th 2020

She DID it! Quadruple amputee completed her goal to walk a 5K without stopping.

Just 15 months after losing her arms and legs, Trisha Swenson completed her goal Saturday inside Valley Community Center in West Des Moines.

She helped inspire 8-year-old Gavin Carson, who is also a quadruple amputee.

Swenson said…

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Young Amputee Has Zoom Meeting With Basketball Star

Young Amputee Has Zoom Meeting With Basketball Star

August 27th 2020

In April 2014 when Staten Island-based Global Medical Relief Fund learned 9 year-old Aldrin Tadic lost his leg because of a flying piece of metal during a typhoon in the Philippines, Elissa Montanti, the organization’s founder, arranged for Aldrin and his mom to come to the United States to receive…

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The Future: AI Powers Prosthetic Leg

The Future: AI Powers Prosthetic Leg

August 11th 2020

For an estimated two million people in the U.S. living with limb loss, commercial-grade prosthetics can be bulky, unintuitive, and still make everyday activities, like stepping over a sleeping cat, a challenge.

A team of engineers has designed a new approach to prosthetic limb movement that uses artificial intelligence to mimic…

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Bionic Arm Opens Up New World For Teacher

Bionic Arm Opens Up New World For Teacher

July 28th 2020

A young teacher who was born without a right forearm has been able to eat a meal with a knife and fork for the first time - after being fitted with a bionic "Hero Arm". Vikki Smith, 25, had been unable to cut her own food and struggled to do…

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Brain Neurons Could Lead To Better Prostheses

Brain Neurons Could Lead To Better Prostheses

July 13th 2020

New Rochester research indicates some neurons may be more adept than previously thought in helping you perceive the motion of objects while you move through the world. The findings may have implications for developing future prosthetics and for understanding some brain disorders.

Our brains use various reference frames—also known as…

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Teen Finds Man's Prosthetic Leg Weeks After Lost

Teen Finds Man's Prosthetic Leg Weeks After Lost

June 25th 2020

Finding unusual objects on a scuba dive is not uncommon, but no one prepares you for finding someone else's leg.  It all started when 13-year-old Sebastian Morris went scuba diving with his dad in St. Andrews State Park, three miles east of Panama City, Florida. 

They were over in the…

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Exosuit Improves The Walking Potential of Stroke Patients

Exosuit Improves The Walking Potential of Stroke Patients

June 10th 2020

Researchers from Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College created a robotic exoskeleton that can help stroke patients increase their walking ability.

The soft robotic exosuit (shown here…

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Teen's Family Raises Funds For Hospitals That Provided Prostheses

Teen's Family Raises Funds For Hospitals That Provided Prostheses

May 14th 2020

Dave Gangl’s 17-year-old son, Matthew, was born with a lower leg deficiency that required amputation. But thanks to the compassionate care at two regional hospitals, Matthew has played varsity basketball and baseball at Horlick High School. That care led Dave Gangl and his wife, Tracy, decide that it was important…

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Tips for Staying Healthy While Stuck at Home

Tips for Staying Healthy While Stuck at Home

April 13th 2020

Health experts are advising people to stay home as much as they can to stay safe from the coronavirus pandemic and slow its spread. This is especially important for those at higher risk, including people with cancer. It means big changes in daily routines including how and where you get your exercise, and what…

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DJ With No Lower Arm Controls Synthesizer Using Only His Mind and Prosthetic Arm

DJ With No Lower Arm Controls Synthesizer Using Only His Mind and Prosthetic Arm

March 30th 2020

Bertolt Meyer, a professor at the Chemnitz University of Technology in Germany, had just discovered a way to control music synthesizer using only his thoughts. Is it possible, or is it just a supernatural magic trick?

Aside from being a professor, Meyer is also an inspiration to all incapacitated people since he was born…

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