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article imageScientist creates $50 artifical leg

By Elizabeth Cunningham Perkins     Feb 10, 2012 in Health
Research scientist Jan Andrysek of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto designed a low-cost artificial knee, winning a $100,000 grant from Grand Challenges Canada, one of 15 awarded to Canada's "rising stars in global health."
Thestar.com reported the rehab engineer's development of the low-cost mechanical knee, called LCKnee, that took six years to reach fine-tuning stages, so eventually it can be manufactured and distributed in low-income countries around the world, where the thousands of dollars it costs to be fitted with the high-tech prosthetic limbs now commonly used in the U.S. and Canada would be beyond the reach of most people.
According to thestar.com, the grant Andrysek received, one of 15 awarded to Canadian researchers with projects for improving global health conditions, will go towards further developing the cheap, innovative artificial limb, which must be simple yet robust, while fitting comfortably enough to allow wearers to return to hard physical tasks, often in farming.
If the new prosthetic continues to prove successful, the project will be eligible for an additional grant of $1 million to help get the devices to people who need them.
The LCKnee, for patients with legs amputated above the knee, costs only about $50, but functions as well as its $3000 counterparts, according to Andrysek and Grand Challenges Canada.
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