Jaipur Foot: Challenging Convention

At age 14, Ms. Sudha Chandran, an aspiring dancer, lost her lower right leg in a car accident. Convinced she would never walk, let alone dance again, she spent several months on crutches and prepared for a life as an amputee. Then one day in 1984, she read about Jaipur Foot. Fitted with a replacement leg for free from Jaipur Foot, Ms. Chandran was able to resume her training as a classical dancer and later become a film star.

There are 5.5 million amputees in India. An additional 25,000 people lose their limbs annually to diseases, accidents, or other hazards.1 The majority of these people live well below the poverty line and cannot afford health care or medical services. In a world where prosthetics is a ...

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