Everyone I’ve met at LIM Innovations exudes inspiration, innovation and determination. It’s a truly momentous thing when people like that come together to improve the lives of other people. To witness a modern day virtue of a humanitarian effort with the driving force of today’s rapidly changing world of technology and opportunity is nothing short of grand.
I found LIM while I was a student lost in the mire of being alone in my dreams. I pushed myself out into an Orthotics and Prosthetics conference in the Bay Area to illuminate my path. At this conference I would hold in my hands the Infinite Socket, which would illuminate everything.
As a son of a below-knee amputee and volunteer of Shriner’s Hospital for Children, I know the issues that come with a new lower limb prosthetic socket. I know and feel a fraction the frustration my Father had when he was waiting ever so long for a conventional socket. My Father is a man who leapt straight back into a several story building of work in a wheelchair mere months after his amputation. Every commute was done with one leg, among many other imaginable hardships. When it finally came time to visit the Prosthetist to try on his new socket, we were both frothing at the mouth in excitement. The moment he donned his prosthesis, his expression was priceless. He was the happiest he could be and I was stricken with a wash of relief. Although, sadly the day he was waiting for left him leaving the clinic without a socket, due to a problem with the fit. He was told to come back in another week, after already waiting several weeks.
When I held the Infinite Socket, I imagined a world where my Father’s first interaction with his new leg was unfettered from the inconvenience of a static old idea. An old idea where a person’s body stays the same shape at all times. An old idea that doesn’t flow with the ever changing beauty of the human anatomy. In my hand I was holding a compliment to such a beauty. The sleek black interface issued a simple design that fits nicely into the aesthetics of a computerized knee. Finally, a socket that matches the current innovations of prosthetic technology.
I would soon become very familiar with the Infinite Socket’s framework after meeting up with LIM’s gracious founders who let me, a lost unknown student come in and have a look around. That look around turned into a job where I worked with the production team on the front lines preparing sleek and strong carbon-fiber struts, plump and comfortable ischial seats, and distal cups that would make any residual limb feel right at home.
LIM Innovations represents a part of the human effort to make the world a better place.
Here at LIM Innovations we pride ourselves on the diversity of our team. We have a fantastic group of engineers, designers, machinists, clinicians, and amputees with relevant experience in the field. With such a diverse group working behind the scenes, we invite you to join one of our staff members each week for an in-depth look at what they bring to table. It is our goal to provide our loyal readers a behind-the-scenes look at LIM Innovations. Scott Jurgens, Production Technician, picks up the pen this week to discuss his experience on the production line.