As BBC producer Stuart Hughes shows here, prosthetic limbs have come a long way in recent years. The reporter lost part of his leg in Iraq but this week he is running part of the Olympic torch relay thanks to a carbon fibre blade prosthesis.
Mississippi College student and multiple amputee Carrie Holmstrom recently told her own story to MBJ-TV. The Massachusetts native survived a high school car crash only to be severely burned and lose both of her legs. Holmstrom recently graduated and completed an internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson where the prosthetic department has been instrumental in her continued recovery.