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Pollyanna's Prosthetic

12-year-old Pollyanna lost her leg in a horrific accident when she was just two years old. In the last ten years she has had 21 operations and been fitted with more than 20 different prosthetic legs as she has grown up. Despite the challenges she has faced, Pollyanna has a determination not to let her disability hold her back from achieving her goals, including her dream of becoming a ballerina. But the ballet world is unforgiving and Pollyanna has been marked down in exams for being unable to do moves that would involve her missing leg, including going up on her toes - or demi-pointe. I worked to create a working prototype leg that could perform this movement.

Check out the full episode of the Big Life Fix on iPlayer.

Big Life Fix Pollyanna's Phosthetic Ballet Leg
Big Life Fix Pollyanna's Phosthetic Ballet Leg concept development