According to Mazin & Associates, PC, an amputation injury is an injury that involves the loss of one or several body parts. A myriad of factors can contribute to the loss of limbs. According to U.S. National Library of Medicine, these include but are not limited to cancer, diabetes, tragic accidents, and birth defects. Prosthesis or an instrument that replaces the missing appendage offers the amputee the ability to perform daily tasks like walking or eating. Improvements in technology have inspired an abundant amount of research concentrated on the creation of lifelike limbs that mirror, and in some cases, restore the functionality of their natural equivalents. Still, a prosthetic need not appear realistic in form.
The Alternative Limb Project, a project created by prosthetic designer Sophie de Oliveira Barata, celebrates the notion of artificiality. Her custom designs prove there are virtually no limits when it comes to artificial limbs. A bionic arm and leg straight from a sci-fi game and a lifelike arm with equally realistic snakes wrapped tightly around the forearm are among a few of her unique designs. The possibilities are endless; still, imagination has its limits. An impressive, creative design must not come at the expense of functionality. Why are these constructions important? Rather than merely imitating the appearance of skin, these creative artificial limbs empower through customization. Formerly powerless to the factors that removed his or her appendage, the individual can regain autonomy through these incredible creations. The prosthetic is now an extension that mirrors personality. He or she can bare their arms, proudly. This does not undermine the pride of those who genuinely wish for and possess realistic appearing limbs. Still, most insurance companies only cover the expense of realistic prosthetics. Fortunately, individuals like Sophie raise awareness and ultimately advocate for customizable prosthetic in hopes that more insurance companies will cover such a cost.Read More