Paralympian Competes To Inspire Others
July 22nd 2021
The past year and a half has been tough for Scout Bassett. Not only did the COVID-19 pandemic postpone the Olympic Games in 2020, but the 32-year-old sprinter and long jumper also dealt with a foot injury that made competition even more uncertain.
What keeps her going? Community support, Peloton workouts, and the hope that…
Researchers Adding More People To Robotic Hand Trial
July 8th 2021
Technology for thought-controlled limbs that allow amputees to touch and feel again is bringing a robotic hand from Star Wars within reach of becoming a reality. A U.S. research team developing the cutting-edge prosthetic is bringing Luke Skywalker's robotic hand, seen at the conclusion of the film The Empire Strikes Back,…
Amputation Doesn't Stop College Student From Running
June 17th 2021
For 14 years of her life, Ashley Jones was able to do everything like anybody else would, without thinking, until one life-changing day.
"Somedays I wake up and I'm like 'Oh my gosh, this is still me'," said Ashley Jones, who is a freshman at High Point, running track and…
Man Born Without Legs Spreads Joy As A Door Dash Driver
June 4th 2021
As soon as you see him you know without knowing; he has a story. Andrew Arni is 19 years old. For the last three months, he’s been driving for DoorDash.
The job fits. He enjoys driving and meeting new people. What he enjoys most, though, is showing kindness and helping others. “I…
Study: Stem Cell Injections Could End Diabetic Amputations
May 19th 2021
According to the results of a phase 1 clinical trial just published in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine, a new stem cell therapy shows promise of making diabetes-related amputations a thing of the past. The trial involved injecting diabetes patients suffering from non-healing diabetic foot ulcers (DFU) with a cell preparation containing…
Teen Cancer Survivor And Amputee Competes In Race Again
May 4th 2021
An Arkansas teen lost her leg amid a battle with cancer — and now she's proving just how resilient she is while learning to run again. Abigail Wells was just 14 when her life was forever changed by a cancer diagnosis, according to CBS affiliate THV.
What Wells thought was a track-related…
Artist Creates Museum Worthy Prostheses
April 20th 2021
Special-effects prosthetics specialist, Sophie de Oliveira Barata, is an expert at making lifelike limbs. (So lifelike you’ll wonder if Barata doesn’t have Dexter working in her back office.) But for the Alternative Limb Project, which Barata founded, the builder makes genuine, wearable art. As in, the prosthetic limbs are frequently…
Bilateral Amputee Learns To Walk With Robotic Prosthetics
April 2nd 2021
An update tonight on Poland’s Kristin Fox — the woman who lost her arms and legs from the flu last spring. We caught up on her journey by talking with the doctor who oversaw her rehabilitation and also found out she was honored by a former Pittsburgh Steeler.
Actress Champions For More Roles For Disabled Performers
March 23rd 2021
Since the pandemic began, Angel Giuffria has lived with her parents at her childhood home, located in a small town about 40 minutes outside of New Orleans, Louisiana. It's been a continual struggle, deciding whether to stay or head back to Los Angeles, where she had been living pre-Covid-19 and…
Researchers Say New Surgery Improves Prostheses Control
March 5th 2021
MIT researchers have invented a new type of amputation surgery that can help amputees to better control their residual muscles and sense where their “phantom limb” is in space. This restored sense of proprioception should translate to better control of prosthetic limbs, as well as a reduction of limb pain,…