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Research scientist Jan Andrysek displays the L.C. (Low Cost) mechanical knee that was created at the Bloorview rehab centre over the last six years. RICK EGLINTON/TORONTO STAR

If a man loses his leg in Sierra Leone — from the blast of a land mine or in a horrific car accident — chances are he will not be able to get an artificial limb.

Those used in Canada and the U.S. are too expensive, costing many thousands of dollars each. And if a limb were available, it would likely be too primitive for him to use.

But Jan Andrysek, a scientist at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, has developed a cheap and functional artificial limb for those who have had their leg amputated above the knee.

It costs just $50. Comparable limbs have a $3,000 price tag.

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