In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, the photo of Jeff Bauman Jr. being rushed to the hospital shortly after having his legs blown off brought us face to face with the grim reality that many victims of this tragedy would be undergoing limb amputation.
But advances in prosthetic technologies over the last thirty years have far surpassed the crude, wooden models that once made having artificial limbs such a nuisance. In fact, today’s robotic and bionic devices are giving amputees nearly full restoration of their lost limbs.
Hugh Herr, head of the biomechatronics research group at MIT Media Lab and double leg amputee, says he predicts “bionics will catch on like wildfire.”
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