Plastic Soda Bottle Prosthesis
War, land mines, and natural disasters create far too many amputees each year, especially in the developing world. Worse, prosthetic limbs are expensive and hard to come by. The Center for International Rehabilitation, posting under Instructables username CIRNetwork, has been working to find sustainable solutions: locally available materials worked by local craftsmen.
Their plastic soda bottle prosthesis is one clear, simple solution to this problem: a plastic bottle is heat-shrunk to cover a plaster cast of the limb stump. Different devices can be attached to the end of the bottle, enabling the wearer to perform basic daily tasks. This type of thing can really make a difference. Check out the video below, and see more on the CIRNetwork YouTube channel.
Want to help? CIR is seeking donations of mobility aids to support ongoing rehabilitation relief efforts in Haiti. You can also make general donations to assist people with disabilities worldwide.
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