Jim Ewing literally made a name for himself in the Maine rock climbing community, with several trails bearing his name in that state. After an accident severely injured his leg, he and his team at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital (BWFH) did the same with an experimental procedure now known as the Ewing Amputation.

The amputation, performed at BWFH in July 2016 by a multidisciplinary team of plastic, orthopedic, and vascular surgeons, knitted together tendons at the end of Ewing’s amputated leg to protect and sustain neurological connections. In the coming year, the BWFH team will work with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab Center for Extreme Bionics to attach a special robotic prosthetic to Ewing. Inside the prosthetic, a biological pulley system will maintain a link between the muscles in the residual limb and Ewing’s brain, enabling the prosthetic to move as if it were a part of his body.

Watch Jim's story below to see how the teams worked together to get him back to walking and climbing again (on walls, for now).

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