Teen Designs an Innovative Prosthetic to Help Injured Marine

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At 17 years old, my concerns were centered on getting into a good college, surviving a grueling social climate, and how to afford the next concert I "needed" to go to. Then there are teenagers like Ashley Kimbel, who do incredible things that actually make a huge difference in the lives of others. 

Marine Kendall Bane had always lived an active lifestyle, but a lot of that came to an end when he was shot in Afghanistan. He became paralyzed and elected to have his leg amputated below the knee. 

Prosthetics have been an evolving science since ancient Egyptians and Roman times. Recently a 3,000-year-old mummy was discovered sporting a wooden toe, complete with straps for mobility and comfort. Jumping forward 2,000 years later (and over to France and Switzerland), prosthetics were developed using combinations of wood, metal, leather, and other materials for a very steampunk-esque style of artificial limbs. And although we've grown leaps and bounds since those clanky days, there is still room for improvement.

Although Bane manages very well with this prosthetic leg, the weight of it can make it hard to do more agile activities. 

That's where Kimbel came in. As a Huntsville, Alabama, student interested in biomedical engineering, she dedicated a year of her life to developing a foot that would work for Bane so he could get back to doing the things he loved to do. Check out what she did and how she did it in the incredible video below. 

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