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

Summary:
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.
Description:
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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