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One day in 2004, a vet came into engineer Derrick Campana’s office with a request. The vet’s patient, a labrador named Charles, was missing one of its legs. Could Campana help the dog walk on four legs again?
Campana had spent his career building prosthetic limbs for people. These artificial devices replace body parts that are missing. Animals that lose limbs or are born without them can have many physical problems. But in 2004, no company was making prosthetic limbs for animals. Campana decided to change that!
Fast-forward 16 years, and Campana’s company, Bionic Pets, has helped more than 30,000 animals, from dogs to kangaroos. In 2018, he even built a leg brace for an African elephant named Jabu. No matter the creature, Campana’s design process is mostly the same.
Engineer Derrick Campana was in his office one day in 2004. A vet came in needing help with a patient. The patient was named Charles. He was a Labrador retriever. He was missing one of his legs. Could Campana help the dog walk on four legs again?
Campana built prosthetic limbs for people. These devices replace missing body parts. Animals can lose or be born without limbs too. That can cause them to have trouble getting around. But no one was making prosthetic limbs for animals in 2004. Campana decided to change that!
Fast-forward 16 years. Campana now has a company. It’s called Bionic Pets. It’s helped create prosthetic devices for more than 30,000 animals. They include everything from dogs to kangaroos. Campana even built a leg brace for an African elephant. His name is Jabu. That was in 2018. Campana follows a similar design process no matter the creature.