Hugh Herr lost his biological legs – below the knees – when he was a teenager. And now he makes bionic limbs. That should be enough reason to love him, but here are five more reasons:
1 After his amputations, his doctors were afraid to send him home because they knew he’d go rock-climbing.
2 When the doctors did let him go home, he went rock-climbing… of course.
3 Almost immediately - with no prior training - he began work on creating better prosthetics for himself.
4 His work now gives amputees back their legs and eases much of the other pain that came with their injuries.
5 Oh come on, isn’t it obvious? Check out his zebra pants in the picture below!
And now, folks, our Hugh Herr haiku:
Young rock-climbing god
Winter’s freeze steals both his legs
Changed, he makes new ones.
Watch Hugh’s videos, follow his links and prepare to be astonished.