In January 2010 Rishi Vegad had to learn to walk again after losing a leg in a hit-and-run accident. He initially struggled with traditional prosthetic limbs that are cumbersome and difficult to control but in 2013 he got to trial the Linx, the current winner of the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award and has since been involved with its development.
Currently a 2nd year aerospace engineering student at Kingston University, the 29 year old from West London took time out to give Student Engineer a candid insight into prosthetic limb development and his aims as an engineer.
How old were you when you when the hit-and-run accident happened?
I was 22 years old. I was out walking a friend’s dog in 2010 when the accident happened – about nine months before I was due to start at university.
Can you describe your difficulties with prosthetic limbs prior to getting involved with Linx?
Standing still …