Sometimes help for families can come from unexpected places. Engineering students at Tennessee Tech helped an infant with cerebral palsy by building medical equipment to help her stand and walk. Overton County News reports.
A group of five students created a custom hybrid spinal support system to help a girl with cerebral palsy. They are part of a program that connects engineering students to families with special needs to design assistive devices.
This group was highlighted due to their excellent demonstration of skills in building devices that helped a baby born 15 weeks premature with brain bleeding and cerebral palsy.
The main device they created was a spinal and torso support system built into a mobile base. The intent was to improve the baby’s mobility and trunk support. Before the use of the device, the family had a hard time feeding and bathing the child.
The family is deeply appreciative of the devices made by the team. The baby is now able to move herself and sit up independently. The project has also inspired the students to continue their engineering studies and create more assistive devices.
The program has helped 17 other families this semester with assistance devices for people with all kinds of disabilities. We commend the students for their efforts.