Boston Marathon survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who was a dance instructor before she lost part of her left leg in last year’s bombing, danced for the first time again onstage at the TED2014 conference in Vancouver, British Columbia today on a bionic leg.
Hugh Herr, director of biomechatronics at MIT, built the leg for her. Herr himself is a double amputee from a climbing accident, and gave a TED talk before Davis took the stage. Herr decided to build a bionic leg for Adrianne when he met her during her recovery at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, according to Alexandria Kahn, an MIT spokesperson. He wanted Davis to be able to get back to what she loved doing.
"We're beginning the age in which machines attached to our bodies will make us stronger and more efficient." - Hugh Herr #TED2014— TED Talks (@TEDTalks) March 19, 2014
Today the 33-year-old danced to Enrique Iglesias’ “Ring My Bells.’’ WBUR reported Wednesday that for her next public dancing number, Davis is aiming for “Dancing with the Stars.’’
See more photos from Davis’s dance on the TED2014 Flickr.