Rebuilding Mobility

Feb 22 2008, (LBO) – A Sri Lankan inventor is setting up a facility to provide customized artificial limbs to thousands who have lost their limbs to war, disease and accidents. . “My aim is to cater to disabled soldiers who have sacrificed so much for us and diabetic patients who are amputees and victims of accidents,” says Aruna Samarawickrema who is partway on his quest after work began on the artificial limb facility earlier this month.

Samarawickrema won the silver medal (medical category) at the 35th International New Inventor™s Competition in Geneva, Switzerland for his invention of a pressure sensor equipped artificial leg that operates according to the weight and height of an amputee.

He also won the first place at the 2005 presidential inventors™ awards in Sri Lanka.

With the backing of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and businessman, Lalith Kotelawala, Samarawickrema now plans to establish what is believed to be South Asia™s largest such facility in Kalutara on land given to him by the government.

The project, on which work has just begun, will have residential fa