Maj. Brian Egloff puts a sock on an 8-year-old Afghan boy to aid the fitting of the prototype prosthetic leg (Image: Pfc. Justin Young)
While we’ve covered many developments in the field of prosthetics, such high-tech advances are beyond the reach of those in the developing world where the rates of amputation due to war are highest. Now U.S. Army soldiers stationed in Afghanistan have developed a simple prototype prosthetic leg that can be constructed using local resources to allow the victims of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and land mines to get back on their feet quickly and cheaply.
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