Child to Receive Prosthetic Leg Co-designed by Weldon Students

Lucas Resch
A team of Purdue students has designed a new type of prosthetic leg for 5-year-old Lucas Resch, who has a rare birth defect that makes his left leg far shorter than his right. At left are conventional prosthetics, which do not give Lucas the ability to run and ride a bicycle or play like his friends. The new prosthetic leg, not shown, uses an innovative gearbox design that enables the prosthetic to move more like a real leg. (Photo provided by Resch family)
A team of Purdue University students, including BME seniors Alex Guerra and Ben Zakhary, has designed a new type of prosthetic leg for a 5-year-old boy who has a rare birth defect.