Mermaid tale: Double amputee swims with a prosthetic tail

February 26, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Nadya Vessey was a mere child when her legs were amputated below the knees, due to an illness.

Infatuated with the idea of being a mermaid, Vessey contacted Wellington, New Zealnd based Oscar-winning Weta Workshop, the special-effects team that worked on the Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia series—about creating a prosthetic mermaid’s tail for her.  Two years later, Vessey now looks and swims like an actual mermaid with a comfortable, fully functional mermaid’s tail—made out of wetsuit fabric, plastic molds, and a digitally printed sock—and attached suit.

A prosthetic is a prosthetic, and your body has to be comfortable with it and you have to mentally make it part of yourself,” said Vessey, who has been swimming in a pool and Auckland Harbor, New Zealand.

“It was absolutely amazing,” said costumer Lee Williams. “It’s beautiful to watch Nadya swim and to see that dream come true and to be a part of that. I feel quite blessed.”

(Photo by Steve Unwin, The Dominion Post.) Source: CNET


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