Adrianne Haslet-Davis dances again for the first time since the Boston terrorist attack last year.
When the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line, Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost the lower half of her left leg in the explosion. She’s a ballroom dance teacher, and she assumed she would never dance again. With most prosthetics, she wouldn’t.
But Hugh Herr, of the MIT Media Lab, wanted to find a way to help her. He created a bionic limb specifically for dancers, studying the way they move and adapting the limb to fit their motion. (He explains how he did it here.)
At TED2014, Adrianne danced for the first time since the attack, wearing the bionic limb that Hugh created for her.
Hugh says, “It was 3.5 seconds between the bomb blasts in the Boston terrorist attack. In 3.5 seconds, the criminals and cowards took Adrianne off the dance floor. In 200 days, we put her back. We will not be intimidated, brought down, diminished, conquered or stopped by acts of violence.”
Amen to that, Hugh.
look how fast the ankle responds oh my god it looks real. i didn’t understand what these gifs were showing me at first. can you understand that? we have someone who if she wore a pair of pants, you’d have no idea she was an amputee at all. The freedom that could give people holy shit im crying
the knee is still a little stiff but shit, i just. things like this make me tear up
RIGHT IN THE CHILDHOOD
I WAS NOT READY FOR THAT.
THAT CAME WITH NO WARNING WHATSOEVER.
and to this day dave still believes in santa.
ok but literally how
????????? I am concerned where did the baby birdies go
where in the. what. how did the. i. what the fuck man
Mads (with Gaspard Ulliel from Hannibal Rising) at Cannes charity dinner 2013.
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Ths motherfucker ruined my life and now I am obsessed.