Bionic Leg Helps Sailor Back on the Water
A teenager sailor from Plymouth recently became only the second UK non-military recipient of the world's most advanced bionic leg, to help him get back on the water.
Laurence Greenough tragically lost his leg in a sailing accident at the age of 10, but began sailing again just 1 month after his injuries. With no waterproof prosthetic legs available at the time, Laurence would use crutches to manoeuvre around his boat.
Determined to pursue his love of sailing, at the age of 17, he was awarded the illustrious Raymarine Young Sailor of the Year award in 2007, an honour previously awarded to Ben Ainslie OBE and Dame Ellen MacArthur. However, after being fitted with a computer controlled prosthetic 'C/Leg', he became more dependent on his new non-waterproof leg, causing him to stop sailing after time.
When Laurence heard about the Genium X3, the only completely waterproof microprocessor prosthetic knee designed by mobility experts Ottobock, he was keen to find out more.
His new Genium X3 leg was fitted with a Bluetooth remote control allowing him to switch between sailing, walking, jogging and cycling modes by the ProActive Prosthetics clinic in Surrey. Having not ran since 2008, Laurence was excited to try out all the new abilities the leg would give him, but at the top of his priority list was to return to the water. Yesterday (17 June), Laurence stepped aboard 37 foot cruiser racing yacht with a team from ProActive Prosthetics and sailed out to sea from Portsmouth Harbour.
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Article by Jack Bartrop