Bionic Limb Helps Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor Dance Once Again

Adrianne Haslet-Davis, Christian Lightner
James Duncan Davidson—AP Adrianne Haslet-Davis, left, performs on stage with dancer Christian Lightner at the 2014 TED Conference March 19, 2014, in Vancouver.

Adrianne Haslet-Davis performed on stage at the 2014 TED Conference in Vancouver

A dance instructor who lost part of her left leg in last year’s Boston Marathon bombing performed publicly for the first time since the attack Wednesday night with the help of a specially-designed bionic limb.

Outfitted with a computerized prosthetic, 33-year-old Adrianne Haslet-Davis performed “Ring My Bells” by Enrique Iglesias with dance partner Christian Lightner, Mashable reports. She received a standing ovation from the capacity crowd at the 2014 TED Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, which included former Vice President Al Gore.

The man who designed Haslet-Davis’ high-tech prosthetic, Massachusetts Institute of Technology associate professor Hugh Hugh, was also in attendance. A double-amputee himself, he designed the bionic limb after meeting Haslet-Davis last year with the specific intent that it could be used for dancing.


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