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Student Claudine Humure awarded $10,000 for creating low-cost adjustable prosthetic socket for amputees in developing countries

TOP PRIZE: Claudine Humure

A COLLEGE student has one a $10,000 prize for her innovative and low cost 3-D printed adjustable prosthetic socket.

Claudine Humure, a senior at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, was one of 10 young people awarded by the OZY Genius Awards.

“This socket is much cheaper to produce on a 3-D printer,” she told Black Enterprise. “It cost about $100.”

Due to the low production costs, Claudine expects her prosthetic socket to be affordable to amputees in developing countries. Prosthetics now on the market are too expensive for many of them.

Claudine lost both parents in Rwanda’s genocide and she and her six siblings were raised in an orphanage.

At the age of 13, she developed cancer, which led to the amputation of her leg.

She first came to the U.S. to get a prosthetic leg in 2004, after which she returned to Rwanda. Later she came back to the U.S. to study after receiving a scholarship to attend high school in Connecticut.

“I was motivated by seeing how much prosthetic limbs are really needed. Being an amputee, I know what is needed.”

She added: “I want to help amputees in different developing countries, not just Rwanda,” she told me. “I want to visit different countries and see what people are already doing and how I can help.”

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