After having his body sliced in two by a lorry over 10 years ago, Peng Shulin assumed he’d never walk again.


However, doctors in Beijing found out about Mr Peng’s plight late last year and devised a plan to get him up walking again. Following a rigorous exercise regime and the addition of some legs made of Meccano (or similar, I really have no idea), Mr Shulin is up and walking again.

Whilst I must commend the designers of his legs for having achieved the objective of getting him walking, I can’t help but think they missed a great opportunity to try out some new ideas. Would a giant spring have been better, like Zebedee from The Magic Roundabout? Perhaps two giant springs could have been embedded into his artificial legs, bestowing upon him the great leaping power of Inspector Gadget? I guess we’ll never know…

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