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Purdue students make new prosthetic leg for 5-year-old boy

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Monday, November 5, 2012 - 12:10 pm

WEST LAFAYETTE — A group of Purdue University engineering students is crafting a special prosthetic leg for a Rhode Island boy born without a fully developed left leg.

Five-year-old Lucas Resch and his parents visited Purdue last week to try out a model for the new prosthesis, which will be lighter and more streamlined than the one he now uses. The youngster took his first steps in the model Friday at Midwest Prosthetics in Lafayette.

Purdue student Theodore Kramer tells WTHR-TV the prosthesis contains a gear box that will give Lucas' good left ankle new powers by essentially turning it into the knee for his prosthetic leg.

The boy and his parents will return to Purdue in a few weeks for the completed prosthesis.