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Son designs prosthetic arm for amputee dad

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 01:58

In his basement, son designs prosthetic arm for father in Belarus. Jim Drury reports.

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STORY: Sergei Galtsev's world turned upside down when he lost an arm on a military firing range aged 26. Almost three decades later son Oleg has made him a prosthetic replacement. SOUNDBITE (Russian) AMPUTEE, SERGEI GALTSEV, SAYING: "They gave me the prosthesis for three weeks. I used it extensively in the village, sawing firewood and trimming grass. I did all possible things to test it in the field." The limb was created by Oleg and a fellow engineer in this basement workshop. Some parts were created using a 3D-printer. Others were bought online. Its two creators say their design is more than 10 times cheaper than other mechanical prostheses, although it lacks sensor controls. SOUNDBITE (Russian) PROSTHETIC ARM DESIGNER OLEG GALTSEV, SAYING: "This turning movement makes the fingers open and close, and the angles can be adjusted and programmed." The pair didn't patent the device and have issued instructions freely online. SOUNDBITE (Russian) PROSTHETIC ARM DESIGNER OLEG GALTSEV, SAYING: "It's like Lego, designed for people who are not at ease with electronics: they just take cheap modules and put them together themselves." Now able to perform previously unthinkable outdoor tasks, like using a chainsaw, Sergei Galtsev is full of admiration for his son. SOUNDBITE (Russian) AMPUTEE, SERGEI GALTSEV, SAYING: "I was proud that my son decided to tackle this problem. There are many people who really need it in their daily lives." Video of the tests have had more than a million YouTube, hits, as Oleg Galtsev aims to spark a DIY revolution in prosthetics.

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Son designs prosthetic arm for amputee dad

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 01:58