LeTourneau prosthetic knee gaining distribution

Monday, July 11, 2011 - 3:13pm

Longview, TX — A prosthetic knee developed by LeTourneau University students has been acquired by a nonprofit organization for distribution, university officials announced.

LeTourneau Empowering Global Soluations (known as LEGS) M-1 knee, developed to provide low-cost, durable prosthetics for amputees in developing countries, will be used by LIMBS International, a nonprofit group that offers prosthetic limbs to amputees in a number of countries.

“Thousands of amputees in developing nations could today benefit from this technology, and LIMBS has the potential of reaching them more quickly,” university President Dale Lunsford said. “We are excited that something invented by LeTourneau University students and faculty can change the lives of people worldwide.”

The M-1 knee originated seven years ago as part of a student engineering design project in the LeTourneau’s School of Engineering and Engineering Technology. The program has since field-tested prosthetics with amputees in Kenya, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Bangladesh.

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