Woman Builds Incredible Prosthetic Leg out of LEGO [Video]

NEW YORK | Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 9:57pm EDT

Christina Stephens, a practicing occupational therapist and clinical researcher, that lost her foot after a crash injury, came up with the idea of creating a LEGO prosthetic leg.

Christina Stephens just won today’s coolest person on the Internet award. The time-lapse video documents how Christina Stephens, an amputee, taking inspiration from the “leg” in “Lego,” builds herself a prosthetic leg out of Lego bricks.

It is difficult to think of an experience in life as traumatic as losing a limb. The pain of losing a very useful part of our being and the daunting challenges of adapting through radical changes to our lifestyle and daily routine…

She crashed a limb in an accident and had to have it amputated ad she helps others with the same problem. On her YouTube channel, called AmputeeOT, she posts information about amputees for victims, caregivers and people in the healthcare field.

Stephens, an occupational therapist and clinical researcher, got the idea from a research lab co-worker, who joked she should make a leg from Legos. Most people would have laughed and left it there. Stephens laughed and went home to make it happen.  She also decided to share her little innovation with the world.

“The joke’s on you – I went home and did it,” Stephens said, after she made the video by the suggestion of someone in her research lab. “Sometimes, you just need to be silly.”

It all started with a simple plastic tub full of Lego bricks. Stephens created a making-of video in which she showed the whole process of how she pieced the multicolor toys together to fit over her leg. The weak point in the plan was the tendency for the ankle and foot part to snap off, but all it takes is a click to put it back together.

Ever a professional, Stephens doesn’t recommend that people try this for themselves. She doesn’t want them to fall and get hurt, reports CNet.

Though she was not able to walk on it, it looked to be the same size as her actual prosthetic leg.

Christina, who has been chronicling the process of her adjustment after amputation on her Facebook page Amputee OT, does more than prove the versatility of Legos. She demonstrates the resilience of her spirit and wins our admiration and respect.

Her Facebook page, also called AmputeeOT, received over 915 likes and many have said it has helped them come to terms with their amputations.

Since the video was posted, it has received over 34,000 views and 1,000 likes. People have commented and shared their ideas on how to make the LEGO leg better. Some users suggested making the foot bigger and the stem between the foot and leg thicker.

One woman described how her child was able to overcome her upcoming amputation by looking at Stephens’ videos.

Another woman said her videos have been a “source of comfort” and that she watches them with her husband regularly.

Now with her Legoleg in place, Christina Stephens should be free to stomp with abandon on as many Lego pieces as she likes, while the rest of us cower in fear from the thought of getting those pointy little bricks jammed up into our tender feet.

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