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Adrianne Haslet-Davis, survivor of the Boston marathon bombing where she lost her lower left leg, leaped on stage Wednesday night to dance once again thanks to a prosthetic leg developed by MIT media lab.
According to The Boston Globe, Haslet-Davis performed a short rhumba with dance partner Christian Lightner during a TED talk’s conference in Vancouver, B.C. The native Bostonian was with her husband, Air Force Captain Adam Davis, the day of the bombings, and has since remained determined to dance on stage again.
She said in a statement, “I was always determined to dance again, and I knew that I had to, that I would, and here I am. My first dance happening to be so near the anniversary of the marathon bombing stands as a reminder that I’m a survivor, not a victim.”
The Washington Post reports that Hugh Herr, director of biomechatronics at MIT and double amputee himself, designed Haslet-Davis’s bionic leg after visiting her at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.
Herr watched her dance just so he could nail the correct movements necessary for Haslet Davis. At the conference Herr attested, “A human being can never be broken.”
Adrianne Haslet-Davis taught at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Boston.