Adrianne Haslet-Davis, Christian Lightner
Adrianne Haslet-Davis, left, performs on stage with dancer Christian Lightner at the 2014 TED Conference March 19, 2014, in Vancouver. James Duncan Davidson—AP

Bionic Limb Helps Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor Dance Once Again

Mar 20, 2014

A dance instructor who lost part of her left leg in last year's Boston Marathon bombing performed publicly for the first time since the attack Wednesday night with the help of a specially-designed bionic limb.

Outfitted with a computerized prosthetic, 33-year-old Adrianne Haslet-Davis performed "Ring My Bells" by Enrique Iglesias with dance partner Christian Lightner, Mashable reports. She received a standing ovation from the capacity crowd at the 2014 TED Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, which included former Vice President Al Gore.

The man who designed Haslet-Davis' high-tech prosthetic, Massachusetts Institute of Technology associate professor Hugh Hugh, was also in attendance. A double-amputee himself, he designed the bionic limb after meeting Haslet-Davis last year with the specific intent that it could be used for dancing.

[Mashable]

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