The government has worked to help soldiers who have lost limbs on the battlefield since as far back as the Civil War. More recently, the Vietnam War inspired a huge jump in the development of prosthetics. Grant Elliot, a researcher at the MIT Media Lab Biomechatronics Group, tells us that we're experiencing another big period of advancement as veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan come home. We also speak to Will Borden, who lost his leg in a 1993 car accident and says he's benefiting from this research.
Read a blog post by Takeaway correspondent Femi Oke, who visited a prosthetics lab at the VA Medical Center in New York.