Not Inspiration Porn

Just so that we are all clear on this, Hugh Herr’s TED talk about advances in creating bionic limbs is NOT inspiration porn. It is an amazing marriage of determination and high-tech that gives people back their lives. Herr’s notion that his body was not broken , but that the technology to fix it was that way is nothing short of revolutionary in terms of what it made him achieve. Want proof? Look at the expression on Adrianne Haslet-Davis’ face.

I will also note that he went one step further than I expected by stating that he is working with CMS (the governmental body that oversees Medicare and Medicaid) to create codes to cover bionic limb replacement. This will make such technology available to patients who otherwise could not afford it.

In short — this is what inspires greatness, not a sappy Hallmark motto.

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