Beautiful, functional prosthetic limbs add custom touch to amputees’ lives

Floral leg

These beautiful, custom prosthetics are made by Sophie de Oliveira Barata in Harlesden, UK in the Alternative Limb Project. Options are described as “Realistic, Surreal and Unreal.” With extensive design input from the amputee, Sophie can help him or her move from feeling that a prosthetic is a necessary evil to being proud of the new limb as an expression of their own style.

Two examples of “alternative” limbs with statements from the wearers, and one realistic limb:

Kiera with her daughter and floral leg

Kiera Roche statement

Ryan Seary detachable muscle leg

Ryan Seary statement

Realistic foot next to real foot

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Teen outfitted with first “i-limb ultra revolution” prosthetic hand, which can be controlled with an iPhone app

Patrick Kane holding a coin with his iLimb hand

16-year-old Patrick Kane was just nine months old when he fell ill with meningitis and lost part of both hands and his right leg below the knee, but he has since become the first person to be outfitted with the “i-limb ultra revolution” prosthetic hand by Touch Bionics, The Scotsman reports. The prosthetic hand can be controlled via muscle contraction or iPhone app, which can save up to 24 preset grips for certain tasks.

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