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Lending a helping hand

Logan HS senior designs prosthesis

LA CROSSE, Wis. - A Logan High School senior designing a prosthesis for a national competition gets a leg up, or should we say hand up, on his competition on Thursday.

Colin Kenow visited USA Medical Supplies Ltd. and met with Francis Manning.

Manning is a double amputee who builds and fits prosthetics for a living. When he heard about Colin's project to build a prosthetic hand that can be controlled using muscles in the neck, he wanted to help.

And with just a few weeks before Colin takes his hand to a national competition, he was able to ask questions and gain some professional insight.

"I was just interested in what he's up to, the processes he's using, and just to see what's going on down here," said Colin.

Thursday was the first time the two met.

Manning said he had an incredible first impression and is excited to see what's in store for Colin's future.


"It's pretty impressive to have a young man be that committed to helping people outside of his own interests," said Manning, "he doesn't need to do this, he just wants to help people, and I like that, it's good to see."

Manning said he's looking forward to picking Colin's brain as he continues to learn.

Colin's competition is the first weekend in May.

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