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High schoolers help crippled cat walk again
A group of robotics students in Colorado teamed up with a veterinarian to devise a life-saving solution for one crippled kitty.
According to CNN, the cat, Flipper, suffered a spine fracture that left her unable to control her hind legs, making it impossible for her to get around, and putting her in danger being put to sleep.
“Our problem was the spinal cord was twisted much like a telephone cable is twisted,” said Dr. Harry Gurney, who treated Flipper at his clinic in Aspen. “While half the body was going forward the other half of the body was going sideways.”
Gurney then turned to the “Blitz Robot” club at Conifer High School. After running through a few models, the team assembled a two-wheeled “cat cart” that secured Flipper to a harness while allowing her to use her front legs to push herself without further damage.
Originally posted by Garkiniss
Thanks for restoring a bit of my hope for humanity. Especially after this thread. Good find op.