Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor is Dancing Again

Boston Marathon Survivor Dances Again

After professional dancer Adrienne Haslet-Davis lost her left leg following the Boston Marathon bombing, she was determined to one day dance again. This determination paid off, thanks to some help from the Massachusetts Institution for Technology (MIT). On March 19, 2014 – less than a year after the Boston Marathon bombing’s anniversary – she danced on stage for the first time.

MIT Lab Creates Prosthetic Leg for Boston Marathon Survivor

Haslet-Davis’ newfound ability to dance came from the help of Hugh Herr, director of the Biomechatronics Group at MIT Media Lab. He met Haslet-Davis at a conference the same year as the Boston Marathon bombing. In fact, Herr was so inspired by Haslet-Davis’ story that he decided to develop the first prosthetic leg made specifically for dancing. The leg itself has the ability to perform the natural and complex movements that professional dancers must complete. This selfless act gave Haslet-Davis the ability to pursue her passion of becoming a professional dancer once again.

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