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Friday, March 1, 2013

Alabama student makes prosthetic leg from bicycle; will make more in Honduras [Alabama.com]

Student creates prosthetic 'Cycle-Leg' from bike parts
EnlargeParker Owen, a student at the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science, demonstrates his "Cycle-Leg," a low-cast prosthetic leg he designed and built from bicycle parts, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at the school in Mobile, Ala. (Mike Brantley/mbrantley@al.com)Student creates prosthetic 'Cycle-Leg' from bike parts Feb. 27, 2013 gallery (9 photos)
MOBILE, Alabama – With prosthetic legs costing thousands of dollars, 19-year-old Parker Owen set out to see if he could make a durable, well-functioning one on the cheap.
His goal: A prosthetic leg that he could take with him on a summer mission trip to Honduras to give children and adults the gift of mobility.
Owen studied a diagram of a bicycle, and went to a local thrift store to buy a used one for just $25.
“I was being lazy and bored on a Saturday night. I turned my computer on and started looking at a bicycle diagram, and I thought, ‘Why hasn’t anyone done this before?’” said Owen, who attends the Alabama School of Math and Science here and is from Columbiana near Birmingham.


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