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Nonprofit agency to distribute prosthetic knee

From Staff Reports
July 9, 2011 at 11 p.m.


A prosthetic knee developed by LeTourneau University students has been acquired by a nonprofit organization for distribution, university officials announced.

LeTourneau Empowering Global Soluations (known as LEGS) M-1 knee, developed to provide low-cost, durable prosthetics for amputees in developing countries, will be used by LIMBS International, a nonprofit group that offers prosthetic limbs to amputees in a number of countries.

"Thousands of amputees in developing nations could today benefit from this technology, and LIMBS has the potential of reaching them more quickly," university President Dale Lunsford said. "We are excited that something invented by LeTourneau University students and faculty can change the lives of people worldwide."

The M-1 knee originated seven years ago as part of a student engineering design project in the LeTourneau's School of Engineering and Engineering Technology. The program has since field-tested prosthetics with amputees in Kenya, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Bangladesh.

"The university's work to create unique learning opportunities that meet global needs and bring glory to God is just beginning," Lunsford said.

LEGS is expanding to include several research and ministry projects that give students out-of-classroom opportunities to put their education to use. Recent projects include improving wheelchair performance for disabled children in Kenya, developing a small-plot irrigation system for small farms in Senegal, providing Bible translation in Nigeria and studying visual literacy in Kenya.

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