Man with bionic leg climbs Chicago skyscraper

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A man became the first to ever use a bionic leg to climb up 103 stories to the top of Willis Tower in Chicago Sunday, the Huffington Post said.
Zac Vawter, 31, made history while climbing the stairs in a bionic leg that costs $8 million and weighs about 9 pounds, Time said.
Vawter, who lost his right leg in a 2009 motorcycle accident, is part of research project funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and various other research institutions, the Huffington Post said. The leg is attached at his thigh and is controlled completely by his brain, Time said.
The leg is able to respond to electrical responses in Vawter's brain, which control the two motors in the prosthetic leg, the Huffington Post said.
The climb was part of a fundraising event called "SkyRise Chicago" in which 3,000 others made the climb to raise money for rehabilitation care and research, Time and the Huffington Post said.
Researchers hope to have this mind-controlled prosthetic leg available to the public in the next 10 years, Time said.
Vawter, who resides in Washington, will not get to bring the bionic leg with him, but was pleased with the results.
"Everything went great," said Vawter at the event's end, as reported in the Huffington Post. "The prosthetic leg did its part, and I did my part."

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