LIMBS International, Inc. is dedicated to restoring mobility to millions of amputees around the world. Through a research partnership with the University of Texas at El Paso, LIMBS engineers high-quality, low-cost, sustainable prosthetic solutions while empowering students and engaging communities.
Launched in 2004, LIMBS International came to be through a student project initiated by Dr. Roger Gonzalez, a biomedical engineering professor, who challenged his students to develop a prosthetic knee that could be affordably produced in developing countries with simple tools and locally obtainable materials. The innovative result was the first prototype of what has become LIMBS’ signature device, the M3 Relief Knee.
According to Dr. Gonzalez, “In addition to performing extremely well in rugged conditions, the M3 Relief Knee incorporates user feedback, including a rounded top that looks more like a knee cap when flexed, a manual lock to help with stability and to reduce patient workload during long periods of standing, and an option for extension assist.”
Designed for above-knee amputees and tested to meet all ISO standards for prosthetic joints, the M3 Relief Knee has become a reliable and highly-replicable solution to the problem of rapidly increasing rates of amputation around the world. “In addition,” Dr. Gonzalez explained, “extensive testing has demonstrated that even at its lowest price point, the LIMBS M3 Relief Knee outperforms other options available to above-knee amputees in developing nations.”
Because restoring mobility involves more than just engineering a highly-functional prosthetic device, LIMBS International also sends traveling teams of volunteer engineers, clinicians, and students to partner clinics to educate and train local prosthetists in the fitting and repair of LIMBS devices. LIMBS currently partners with six training centers, serving amputees in over fourteen countries around the world.
In addition, LIMBS is committed to engaging students of all ages through two hands-on educational programs. The first program, a research partnership with the University of Texas at El Paso, focuses on university-level student-led prosthetic research and design intended to develop new prosthetic devices. In Dr. Gonzalez’s words, “These innovative students infuse the design process with creativity and a perspective that is solidly-grounded in cutting edge design theory but unencumbered by professional and retail market constraints.”
The second program, Learning for LIMBS, is a K-12 service-learning curriculum designed to support early science education, establish college aspirations among young students, and promote global citizenship. Through Learning for LIMBS, students become aware of the increasing rates of limb loss around the world, and are empowered to make a tangible difference in the lives of amputees.
To learn more about LIMBS International or to make a donation that will transform the life of an amputee in need, visit limbs.org today.
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