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The 13-Year-Old Was New to Diving, Made a Big Find

Outside Online has the story of a prosthetic leg lost and found

(Newser) - Sebastian Morris was hoping to do as his father had done. The 13-year-old Florida boy had been captivated by some of the finds his dad uncovered as a commercial diver, including a 300-year-old shipwreck he discovered in the Black Sea in 2019. On May 4, 2020, the father and son...

Runner Told His Height Will Keep Him Out of Olympics

Blake Leeper's prosthetic legs are the issue

(Newser) - Blake Leeper's height could keep him out of the Tokyo Olympics. The New York Times has the story of the runner, who was born without legs below the knee and in 2012 decided to make the switch from competing against athletes who are disabled to ones who are not;...

Ruling Finds Prostheses Make Runner Unfairly Tall

Blake Leeper sees an effort to keep disabled athletes out of Olympics

(Newser) - Blake Leeper has been running in top events, including the Paralympics, with the help of prostheses for five years. He was working toward making the next US Olympic team, to compete against able-bodied runners. But Leeper, 31, hit a major obstacle Monday, when the top sports court in the world...

Vermont Farmer Finds a Needle in a Haystack

Though in this case, the needle is a prosthetic leg

(Newser) - A Vermont skydiver who lost his prosthetic leg during a jump has it back, thanks to a farmer who kept an eye out for it and spotted it in a soybean field. Double amputee Chris Marckres of Hyde Park went for a jump Saturday at Vermont Skydiving Adventures in West...

11-Year-Old Receives Gift of Independence

Community presents Gavin Sumner with mechanical hands

(Newser) - A Tennessee boy born without functioning hands asked Santa for a new pair, and his community came together this Christmas to make the gift possible. Gavin Sumner, 11, was gifted his new prosthetic hands at the Montgomery County Mayor's Office in Clarksville during a ceremony he didn't know...

A Leg Fell Out of the Sky, Landed in Lumber Yard

Turns out it was from a skydiver

(Newser) - A worker at a northern California lumber yard was probably confused when he found a prosthetic leg on the ground Monday. Meanwhile, a man identified only as Dion was wondering where his prosthetic leg had gone after he lost it while skydiving from 10,000 feet in the air Sunday;...

2011: Lost His Feet to Frostbite. 2018: Finishes a Marathon

Marko Cheseto also just became a US citizen

(Newser) - A former University of Alaska Anchorage runner who lost both of his feet to frostbite in 2011 ran his first marathon and became an American citizen last week, the AP reports. Marko Cheseto, 35, finished 613th overall out of nearly 53,000 runners at the New York City Marathon on...

Egyptologists Examine 'Sensational' Discovery

Prosthesis could be one of oldest ever found

(Newser) - Think losing a toe in ancient Egypt meant you'd be forever without one? Not so, at least in one case. Egyptologists from Switzerland's University of Basel have since 2015 been studying what a press release calls an "ancient Egyptian elite cemetery" near Luxor, and one of its...

Good Samaritan Who Lost Legs Gets Fitting Gift

Company wants to pay for her prosthetics

(Newser) - A Good Samaritan who lost both her legs while helping a crashed motorist now has one less expense to worry about. Certified prosthetist Joshua Ryder of Island Coast Orthopedics in Lee County, Fla., has offered to donate two prosthetic legs to 30-year-old Danielle Hagmann as soon as she's ready,...

He Was Paralyzed in 2004. Now He Can Feel His Hand

Thanks to electrodes in the brain and a robotic arm

(Newser) - It's a small but hopeful step: A man paralyzed from the neck down due to a spinal injury sustained in a 2004 car accident says he's feeling "possibly natural" sensations in his hand after scientists electrically stimulated his brain. A team led by researchers at the University...

In Deadly Mistake, Ankle Monitor Put on Man's Fake Leg

'That man was supposed to be in his house'

(Newser) - After Quincy Green was arrested on a gun charge in April, he was supposed to be on house arrest while waiting for his trial. But a tech at the company that supplies and fits ankle bracelets on pre-trial detainees in Washington, DC, put the bracelet on over Green's sock—...

Pistorius Removes Prosthetics in Court to Show 'Vulnerability'

Defense had him walk on stumps to try to get out of long prison sentence

(Newser) - Oscar Pistorius tried in vain in March to appeal his conviction before South Africa's highest court in the 2013 murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, and so he made a last-ditch effort Wednesday to avoid a lengthy prison sentence: He took off his artificial legs, Reuters reports. Pistorius lawyer Barry...

Tears Flow as Girl Sees Doll Has Prosthetic Like Her

Emma Bennett floored at seeing modified American Girl doll

(Newser) - Part of the American Girl doll brand's claim to fame is that kids can get a doll made in their own likeness—but Emma Bennett's parents wanted to go one step further. The Texas 10-year-old has a prosthetic leg ( KHOU notes she was born with a rare...

Ready to Leave the Yakuza? She'll Get You a Fake Finger
Ready to Leave the Yakuza? She'll Get You a Fake Finger
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Ready to Leave the Yakuza? She'll Get You a Fake Finger

Yukako Fukushima has a most interesting job

(Newser) - You're ready to turn over a new leaf and leave a life of crime behind, but there's one giant obstacle. Or, one pinkie-sized one: You're missing part of a finger. The Guardian spotlights a most unusual prosthetics market that's seemingly been supplied by one woman for...

Airline Loses Boston Bombing Survivor's Prosthetic Leg

But Twitter was on it

(Newser) - Adrianne Haslet-Davis has her prosthetic leg back, but not after quite a bit of inconvenience. The Boston Marathon bombing survivor (a professional dancer who lost her leg but didn't let that keep her from dancing ) tweeted Thursday to call out American Airlines: "Hi @AmericanAir u lost my...

Scientists Create Artificial Skin That Mimics Human Touch

It could be big news for people with prosthetic limbs

(Newser) - Pretty soon, you won't be able to hide your limp handshake from someone with a prosthetic arm. At least that's the hope of the team of researchers at Stanford University who developed artificial skin that can sense touch. Engadget describes the team's invention—published Thursday in Science...

Robert Downey Jr. Presents Iron Man Arm to Boy, 7

Actor works with nonprofit that makes affordable bionic limbs

(Newser) - Not only did Alex Pring, 7, recently receive an Iron Man-themed prosthetic arm: None other than Robert Downey Jr. presented it to him. Alex's bionic prosthetic limb was made by Limbitless Solutions , a nonprofit run by University of Central Florida students. The group's goal is to 3D-print affordable...

Dog Can Finally Run Thanks to 3D-Printed Legs

Derby catches a break with the right foster mom

(Newser) - Derby the dog is winning new converts to the concept of 3D printing. Derby is a husky mix who was born last year with deformed front paws, reports BuzzFeed . Lucky for him, an employee of a company called 3D Systems in Massachusetts took him in as a foster dog and...

Pilot Loses Prosthetic Arm—as He's Landing Plane

He managed to set it down without passenger injuries, plane damage

(Newser) - You might imagine landing a plane with both hands on the controls would be hard enough. Add windy conditions and a prosthetic arm that essentially fell off, and you've got the plight of a Flybe pilot flying into Belfast earlier this year. According to an accident report, the pilot...

Luke, FDA Has OKed Your 'Skywalker' Arm

Deka Research prosthetic appears pretty promising

(Newser) - Good news for the next time you end up minus a limb while fighting your long-lost father who abandoned you for the dark side: A new prosthetic arm nicknamed the "Luke arm" is about to hit the market that will give recipients enough dexterity to handle eggs, nevermind lightsabers,...

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