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Jonah's Journey: Riding the Waves with the UniLeg 3D Printed Water-resistant Prosthetic


12 years old surfing with 3d printed prosthetic UniLeg

At just 12 years old, Jonah Villamil is a testament to resilience and determination. Jonah, a passionate surfer from Chula Vista, faced a life-altering challenge when he needed his left leg amputated in 2020 due to a sudden infection. Despite this, his love for sports, including wrestling, basketball, jiu-jitsu, and surfing, remained unshaken. For a boy whose heart beat to the rhythm of the ocean, the prospect of life without surfing seemed unfathomable.

Jonah's story took a remarkable turn when he was introduced to the UniLeg, our revolutionary 3D printed prosthetic. The feeling of standing up on his surfboard for the first time in three years was nothing short of euphoric. Unlike anything he had tried before, the UniLeg prosthetic felt like a natural extension of himself.

Behind Jonah's triumph lay the dedication and ingenuity of our team at Limber. From precise limb scans to advanced 3D printing techniques, every detail of the UniLeg was crafted with patients's mobility and comfort in mind. Is a labor fueled by the belief that every individual deserves the chance to live life to the fullest.

As Jonah rides the waves once more, his story serves as a beacon of hope for all who face adversity. It's a reminder that with courage, resilience, and a little bit of innovation, anything is possible. And as the sun sets on another day in Chula Vista, Jonah's laughter mingles with the sound of the surf, a testament to the power of the human spirit to rise above and ride the waves of life.



Scanning 12 years old limb, for 3D printing prothetic UniLeg

The Birth of the UniLeg

Limber Prosthetics and Orthotics emerged from the innovative environment of UC San Diego. Our mission was clear: to revolutionize prosthetic care by leveraging cutting-edge technology to create accessible, durable, and comfortable prosthetics. Inspired by the resilience of individuals like Jonah, our team of engineers, led by co-founders Joshua Pelz, Luca De Vivo Nicoloso, and Herb Barrack, embarked on a journey to develop the UniLeg.


3D Printed Water-resistant Prosthetic

For Jonah, the UniLeg became more than just a prosthetic; it became his "Water Leg". Our 3D printed water-resistant prosthetic, is designed to withstand the rigors of an active lifestyle, the UniLeg's lightweight and durable construction made it perfect for all of Jonah's favorite activities. Whether he was wrestling, playing basketball, or hitting the waves, the UniLeg provided the stability and support he needed to excel.


The Water Leg

One of the most exciting features of the UniLeg for Jonah was its water-resistant properties. This innovative prosthetic allowed Jonah to return to the ocean and surf with confidence. The UniLeg's design ensures it can handle exposure to water without compromising its functionality or comfort. For Jonah, this meant he could enjoy his passion for surfing without any limitations, proving that limb loss could not hold him back.



12 years old with 3d printed prosthetic UniLeg

A Future Full of Possibilities

Jonah's journey with the UniLeg is a testament to the transformative power of innovative prosthetic technology. At Limber Prosthetics and Orthotics, we are committed to creating prosthetics that empower individuals to live life to the fullest. The UniLeg, designed specifically for active lifestyles, combines precision, durability, and comfort to enhance the quality of life for our patients.


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Limber Prosthetics and Orthotics is dedicated to making a tangible impact on the lives of amputees. Through our advanced digital fabrication process and commitment to quality, we are setting a new standard in prosthetic care. Join us on this journey and help your patients achieve their fullest potential.


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