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Amputee Given Prosthetic Mermaid Fins. March 12, 2009

Posted by Matt Brown in Bionics.
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I love science.  Nadya Vessey, a double leg amputee from New Zealand, has recently been given a functioning prosthetic mermaid fin.  Let me say that again, a functioning prosthetic mermaid fin.  If you don’t believe me take a look at the photo in the article linked below.  Ms. Vessey, who had her legs amputated as a child, contacted a special effects company called the Weta Worshop and asked if they would make her a mermaid tail.  Several thousand dollars and two and a half years later Ms. Vessey is now the proud owner of what I am guessing is the only working mermaid fin in the world.  The spine and fin of the tail are made from polycarbonate, while wetsuit fabric is used for the skin.   

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/discoblog/2009/03/12/when-humans-get-animal-prosthetics-amputee-fitted-with-mermaid-fin/

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