The team includes (l-r): Professor of Mechanical Engineering Michael Goldfarb; Embedded Research Engineer Don Truex; graduate research assistant Brian Lawson (back); Research Assistant Professor Atakan Varol; and Craig Hutto. Not pictured is research engineer Jason Mitchell (Photo: John Russell, Vanderbilt University)
Hutto has spent hundreds of hours helping Prof. Goldfarb and his team test the new leg prototype (Photo: John Russell, Vanderbilt University)
Professor Michael Goldfarb, right, with amputee Craig Hutto who is wearing the new bionic leg developed at Vanderbilt (Photo: John Russell, Vanderbilt University)
Hutto was treated in a Panama City, Fla., hospital before being transported to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Two iterations of the Vanderbilt intelligent prosthetic leg
It was not a good day for 16 year old Craig Hutto. On June 27, 2005, wading in crystal clear waters off a near-deserted beach 50 miles south of Panama City, Craig was attacked by an 8-foot bull shark and lost his right leg from above the knee. Today Hutto is a 6-foot 4-inch 23 year old studying Nursing at Middle Tennessee State. Fortunately for him, Nashville is also the home of Vanderbilt University where its Center for Intelligent Mechatronics has for seven years been developing an advanced prosthetic limb. They also happened to need a Lab Assistant to help them test it.
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