Thursday, March 5, 2009

A Fantasy Brought To LIfe

Nadya Vessey, a double amputee since childhood, now has a unique new proshetic to help her swim better.

It's a mermaid tail.

A couple of years ago, she wrote to the prosthetic department of a special effects company, Weta Workshop. Weta made the mermaids' tails for the 2003 version of Peter Pan.

"We have, over the years, done a number of things like this for people that have disabilities," a member of the Weta prosthetics department said.

The tail they made for Vessey was covered in a wetsuit fabric with added digitally-printed fish scales on it. The tail has four sections that allow some movement.

Pretty cool, huh?

1 comment:

Roger said...

Wow, that is way cool. Good for her.