Ali Padilla constructs a very realistic prosthesis

Realistic finger and fingernail prosthesis
Realistic prosthetic finger, photo by Ali Padilla

Ali Padilla arrived in Chicago from Albuquerque, New Mexico. He received a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the University of New Mexico. Currently, he is doing his internship at the National Museum of Health where conducts research for various projects and creates content/assets for museum exhibits. Ali is currently a graduate student in the Biomedical Visualization program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he studies building skeletons and making artificial limbs (ocular prosthesis, nasal prosthesis, ear prosthesis, finger and fingernail prosthesis).
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Clara Gardner plans undergo osseointegration surgery

Clara Gardner arrives for an appointment with prosthetist Thomas A. Mesick
Clara Gardner

Clara Gardner has suffered severe injuries and permanent disabilities in a car crash. It took place in 2008, when she was just 16 years old. Clara was hit by a drunken driver who was going very fast at 50 mph. And she lost both her legs from the knee down in that tragic car accident. After the accident, Clara Gardner spent three years in a wheel chair. For the past four years, she had tried to walk using traditional prosthetic legs with a socket attachment system. But socket prostheses are heavy, painful and difficult to fit. So she decided to find a new kind of prosthetic legs that would allow her to walk again comfortably and without feeling pain. But when Clara Gardner heard about osseointegration she had hope of a future with much less struggle.
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