Mercer University Providing Prosthetics to Amputees

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Updated: Wed, 01 Jan 2014 11:04:13 EST

MACON, Ga. (AP) - A Mercer University biomedical engineering professor is working with students and faculty to provide amputees in Vietnam with free prosthetic legs developed in their campus lab.

The group traveled from Macon to Vietnam in mid-December as part of the Mercer on Mission program, which was launched in 2007.

The group's leader, Dr. Ha Van Vo, emigrated from Vietnam to America in 1990. Vo says he got the idea to begin developing prosthetic legs after seeing countless people whose limbs had been blown off or disfigured by land mines that were left behind after the Vietnam War.

Mercer on Mission Director Craig McMahan says the prosthetics cost about $120 each to manufacture, and the school is working to increase production and launch a permanent clinic in the country.

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