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Prosthetic Leg - Child-sized Definitive Leg, circa 1978 Object Reg. No: HT 17862

Prosthetic leg (transtibial prosthesis) for a child manufactured from wood and fibreglass circa 1978.

Worn by future athletic champion Don Elgin when aged 3 to 4, this is the second oldest prosthesis retained by him. He acquired it in 1978 and wore it using a strap that ran around his knee. The strap was attached to another that ran up his leg and around his waist. This prosthesis is the third that he used.

As a result of a birth defect, Elgin was born with most of his lower left leg missing, as well as a number of other defects. He was fitted with a transtibial prosthesis at the age of 1, and had learnt to walk by the time he was 18 months old.

The socket is made from poplar wood and fibreglass, with a rubber SACH (Solid Ankle, Cushion Heel) foot attached to it with a steel bolt. SACH feet were developed in 1956 and have been one of the most commonly used types of prosthetic feet since then. SACH feet contain a solid keel (central portion of the foot) which is used to provide a solid point of resistance for walking. The surrounding rubber is formed into the shape of a foot, with the heel portion made of a softer composition to assist in the walking motion.
Leg is made of wood with an outer layer of fibreglass. The prosthesis shows considerable wear at the top front. SACH foot attached to leg with a steel bolt. There is a flesh coloured foam insert in the knee section.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Don Elgin, 2006
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 327 mm (Height), 67 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: disabilities, disability technologies, prostheses, prosthetics, legs, 1 or 1 1, 1 1, 1 and 1 1, or 1 1--, order by 1000, or a a
Themes this item is part of: Don Elgin, Paralympian, (1975- ), Childhood & Youth Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Disability-Related Collections at Museum Victoria
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Medical Technology
Tertiary Classification: prosthetics
Inscriptions: On base of foot: "3LEz/ 18"
Past Owner or User: Don Elgin, Chelsea Heights, Victoria, Australia, Circa 1978

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