Health & Fit Teen collects hundreds of Barbies with prosthetic legs for kids just like her
Scientists Have Created a Prosthetic Arm That Lets Patients Feel Touch Again
Scientists at the University of Utah say they’ve created technology that can return some degree of feeling for people with amputations. © Photo: George, et al (Science Robotics) Keven Walgamott using the LUKE to hold and move an egg (left) and pick grapes (right). There has been work elsewhere in creating prosthetics capable of providing sensation. But according to the team, the sensations people have while using them are limited and imprecise. They claim their work comes much closer to mimicking how our hands feel and sense the world around us.
Chloe Newman lost her right leg when she was a baby, so when Mattel introduced the Barbie Fashionista #121 -- a stylish doll with a prosthetic leg -- she wanted to give them to kids just like her.
The 18-year-old and her family donated about 430 of the Barbies on Monday toin Springfield, Massachusetts.
Chloe has been going to the hospital several times a year for prosthetic treatment since her parents adopted her from Kazakhstan when she was a year old, her mom Cindy Newman told CNN.
Amputee can feel objects again with prosthetic arm inspired by Luke Skywalker
About 17 years ago, Keven Walgamott lost his left hand and part of his forearm in an electrical accident. Now, Walgamott can use his thoughts to tell the fingers of his bionic hand to pick up eggs and grapes. The prosthetic arm he tested also allowed Walgamott to feel the objects he grasped. © Dan Hixson/University of Utah College of Engineering University of Utah biomedical engineering doctoral student Jacob George, left, and associate professor Gregory Clark, helped develop the technology that enables the wearer of the LUKE Arm to sense touch.
Chloe originally wanted to buy 100 Barbies, so her doctor could give them to kids when he made them a new leg.
"I think that they would feel better about themselves maybe, or at least that's what I'm hoping that they would say. 'Oh that's really cool, they're making a Barbie like me, so why should I be ashamed of myself if there's now toys like me,'".
Her mom said the dolls were kind of hard to find.
Newman bought the only four they had at her local Walmart, got some from Amazon and even tried to contact Mattel, to see if they could buy them in bulk. "We've got to find a way to accumulate the 100 dolls to bring them out there," Newman told CNN. "I didn't want to bring them out in dribs and drabs."
She asked her family and friends on Facebook to keep an eye out for the Barbies, and promised to pay them back if they bought them for her.
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The aircraft was even emblazoned with a new “Princess Shannie’s PSA Jet” sticker on the door. WOMAN WHO THOUGHT ITCHY EYES WERE ALLERGY SYMPTOM DIAGNOSED WITH BRAIN TUMOR Pooser, who has Down syndrome and various airway diseases, was en route to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for a surgery to improve her breathing. Doctors are planning to fit her with a prosthetic tracheotomy, to address her issues breathing. Pooser’s airway is currently obstructed 87 percent, and if she’s having a flare-up, she’s completely obstructed, her mother said.
The request worked, and for about three weeks, the dolls kept arriving at her home in Mechanicville, New York. "Not one person wanted reimbursement, and I received 15-20 dolls at a time," Newman said.
She said Mattel Donated another 200 dolls to Shriners, on top of what they collected. "The whole point was to give back to Shriners because we've received so much," Newman said.
Chloe's donation is doing more than she expected.
Since they've gotten so many dolls, the hospital is giving them to orthotic and prosthetic patients in Springfield and also plans to share them with patients at other Shriners' facilities, a spokeswoman told CNN.
Newman said Chloe has gotten a state-of-the-art new leg every year as she grows, at no cost to the family.
Her leg has a moveable ankle, so she can wear sneakers or high heels like any other high school senior.
"She does everything a typically developing person can do," her mom said -- including cheerleading, bowling, skiing and ice skating.
"It's just a wonderful thing," Newman said. "Four hundred Barbies doesn't sound like much for what we've received."
He collects the tanks of the Second World War
As a child, he played with scale models of US tanks from the Second World War. Today, Christian Dours owns one of the largest collections in Europe of real models in working order with original parts.
The 69-year-old is about to participate, as he has done for some fifteen years, in parades commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings at Sainte-Mère-Église (Manche), one of the forty events to which he takes part every year, everywhere in France.
Dans the hangars he owns in the hamlet of Serez, not far from Chartres, in the middle of the Beauce, are stationed no less than twenty-eight military equipment including ten tanks, among which a M4 Sherman built in 1942. " there are no more than ten in the world, "says AFP enthusiast. There are also two Shermans M4A1, a M7 Priest Colorado, an M4 105, a Sherman Patton etc.
"I like the tanks," admits Christian Dours. "It may sound strange and a bit anachronistic, like a flower, a perfume ... Yes, we can understand it, but tanks! I do not like them for the weapon side, but for the story they represent, for the power they deploy and for the mechanics they contain ", underlines one who is at the head of a large group of 500 employees, in the sector of distribution and repair of trucks, industrial vehicles and utilities in the center of France.
"Obviously, it helps to work in this universe I could never satisfy my passion if I had been charcutier", jokes, with "respect for the profession", the man who started his collection, there has a good twenty years.
- Memories of childhood -
"Child, at the age of 6/7, I was touched when I saw a photo of my grandfather, in front of his home in Chartres, hugging a young soldier American, next to a half-track military vehicle that had just received a German grenade.In reality, this soldier died in the arms of my father. "
Christian Dours is still upset when he thinks at this moment: "We owe everything to these American kids who have been killed for our freedom." From there, I read a lot of books about the Second World War and I was rocked in this universe thanks to my grandparents, they took me to the landing beaches, I think it conditioned me ".
His first acquisition was quite classic: "a Jeep bought in Falaise (Calvados), then a Dodge in Brittany.I bought my first tank to a policeman in the north of France.He sold it because he had almost killed himself by rolling with, "he remembers laughing.
His acquisitions most often resemble wrecks that he remakes with passionate friends like him, "only with original parts that I find around the world, I'm starting to have a good network!"
"In general, I need two years to refurbish a tank," he says. "There are things that I do because I do not have the skills, my goal is to send my collection to my children so that the memory continues."
No question of creating a museum. "What I like is to drive my tanks in my fields around my house (they consume about 420 liters per hour), to see them scroll during the commemorations in the middle of thousands of people, to raise kids and adults in. I love them alive, a museum is static, it's death. "
Christian Dours also provides directors for films related to the Second World War: save the soldier Ryan, Diplomacy, Nina's House ...
He still has two tanks to finish restoring. But by then, he does not rule out buying more.
Paralympian Amy Purdy Can No Longer Wear Her Prosthetic Leg After a Massive Blood Clot .
Paralympian Amy Purdy is unsure if she can ever wear her prosthetic leg again after she developed a large blood clot that blocked her circulation. © Matthew Stockman/Getty Amy Purdy The decorated snowboarder, 39, is still dealing with health problems from the blood clot, after undergoing emergency surgery in February to remove it from her left thigh.Purdy had always retained most of her mobility and function, even after her amputations — she has three Olympic medals, finished second on Dancing with the Stars and competed on The Amazing Race — but she doesn’t know if she’ll get back to that place again.
New York teen collects Barbie dolls with prosthetic legs to donate to a children's hospital
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