Amelia

August 17, 2016

Amelia

Amelia is in her mid-20s, 30+ inches tall, and has a brittle bone disease. We’re trying to help her independently use a computer and call her grandpa. She is a very complicated young lady and we’re struggling to find a good access method for her – to date we have tried and/or designed half a dozen approaches. This struggle is exacerbated by her ever-changing medical condition. That said, our latest design is a scanning telephone handset that connects to her cellphone and should give her access to seven of her friends. We’ll have pictures as soon as she is stable enough to get her set up.

One of Amelia’s medical complications is that she recently had a bout with cancer that required her to travel 3 hours by car to the hospital that can operate on her small body. The last time she went to this hospital she broke 7 bones getting there just due to the normal bumps and jars of riding in a car! We offered to create a carrier for Amelia that absorbed shock. We have never built one of these before, time was very short, and it was not clear whether we would be successful.

Amelia's carrier

Barret led the design and manufacturing effort to create the carrier pictured above. The dampening system was a combination of a bungee cord and small shock absorbers, as pictured below. Amelia used the carrier and we are thrilled to report no broken bones due to traveling! The bottom picture was taken on the way to hospital. Amelia was so comfortable she fell asleep. :-)

Dampener system

Amelia sleeping in her carrier






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