Prosthetic Paws Help Derby Walk and Run Just Like Any Other Dog

by Vishnuprasad on  December 31, 2015 at 5:06 PM General Health News
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A new technology developed by 3D Systems, headquartered in Rock Hill, South Carolina, has allowed Derby, a husky-mutt dog, to now sit, stand, walk and run just like any other dog.

Derby now has the chance to stand perfectly, thanks to his new prosthetic paws.
Prosthetic Paws Help Derby Walk and Run Just Like Any Other Dog
Prosthetic Paws Help Derby Walk and Run Just Like Any Other Dog

Melissa Hannon, who rescued Derby through her organization, Peace and Paws, told ABC News in an original interview last December, "He was scooting around on [his] nubs and chest."

Back then, the pet first made the news for his first set of smaller prosthetic paws.

Derby was born without fully-formed front paws. The birth defect force he animal to crawl and depend on his hind legs to get around.

In 2014, Derby received a shorter pair of prosthetic limbs from 3D Systems. Though they helped with some movement, he was a bit hunched over and unable to sit totally normal. Now, the new technology has helped Derby overcome all his weaknesses.

"Derby took to his new prosthetics very well. They raised him up to his proper height, he's sitting like how a real dog sits, which he's never been able to do," said Derby's owner, Sherry Portonva, in a video released by 3D Systems.



Source: Medindia

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