BYU students build sockets for African Civil War victims

BYU students build sockets for African Civil War victims

PROVO, UT – A group of BYU students have found a way to help 27 thousand wounded war victims in Sierra Leone, West Africa as part of their senior project.

The students created sockets for amputees in need. However, these aren’t your average sockets. The BYU team designed a socket that will mold onto the amputees’ limb, and be secured by adjustable straps attached to the side.

Students say the sockets are both comfortable and affordable, and tell us the harsh ways these amputees lost their limbs make it difficult to fit them with normal prosthetics.

Zac Lictenberg says his team has developed “a process using only machinery that Sierra Leone had told us was readily available to them.”  Lictenberg and his fellow students used simple tools – like ban saws and drill presses – to make the sockets.

The BYU engineering team will continue their testing this summer with people in Ecuador and Sierra Leone, and hope to get this socket on the market soon. It is expected to cost about $40, in order to make it more affordable for those in need.

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