AUGMENTED shares the personal journey of Hugh Herr, a double-amputee and MIT scientist who creates brain-controlled robotic limbs. At age 17, Herr’s legs were amputated due to frostbite, after he and a friend got lost in a blizzard and nearly died while climbing New Hampshire’s Mount Washington. Hugh was stunned by the primitive prosthetic legs he was given, and he set out to do something about it. His audacious goal is to eliminate disability, to create a world where designer limbs are as desirable and common as designer eyeglasses. Hugh and a top surgeon at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital are creating a radical new way of performing amputations that allows bionic limbs to move and feel like the real thing. Along the way, they just might redefine what it means to be human.
Moderator: Alissa Ambrose, STAT deputy director of multimedia
Guests: Director Matthew Orr, and Subjects Hugh Herr, Jim Ewing, and Dr. Matthew Carty
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