This may be one of my shortest blog posts, as the video speaks volumes for why bionics and the future of prosthetics is one of hope, potential, and empowerment. I am impressed with the attitudes and view expressed by Hugh Herr, as it is an angle that is not often heard or shared.
Too often we see the select few people who have a remarkable story that happens to get picked up by the media. The individual who loses a limb or has some catastrophic event, they go through their acute medical care, surgery, physical therapy/rehabilitation and end up beating the odds. The typical view thinks "wow, how incredible that he/she had the resolve to keep going and not let their circumstances stop them." The idea that the human being can never be truly broken, that it is technology which is inadequate or broken is a real game changer.
Sure, the event is still traumatic. There is healing that needs to occur on a physical, psychological, and emotional level -- for the individual as well as their family members, friends, etc. But think about how much brighter the outlook can be if technologies like this are available. I would venture to say that for individuals going through these events, currently and/or in recent past, the outlook has not been as bright because of the limited access to advanced bionics. Let's be honest -- with insurance limitations, inflated costs, and the constant hassle that comes with negotiating our current medical system, we see able bodied individuals not receiving the care or equipment they need. I assume it is only that much worse given the greater cost associate with these new systems.
But think of the potential. The ability for people to not only get back to high level activities like dancing, running, or sports, but to just have the ability to get back to work, to play with their kids. Take away the barriers and the productivity of the individual sky rockets.
I am sure there are a lot of issues yet to deal with, and a lot of questions being asked and thought up, but I do hope to see this type of technology readily accessible to the masses in my life time.
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