“Augmented” follows the story of Hugh Herr and takes an in-depth look at an ambitious project to revamp amputation surgery and create advanced robotic prosthetics that become one with patients.
At age 17, Herr’s legs were amputated due to frostbite, after he and a friend got lost in a blizzard and nearly died while climbing New Hampshire’s Mount Washington. Hugh was stunned by the primitive prosthetic legs he was given, and he set out to do something about it. His audacious goal is to eliminate disability, to create a world where designer limbs are as desirable and common as designer eyeglasses. Hugh and Dr. Matthew Carty, a top surgeon at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, are creating a radical new way of performing amputations that allows bionic limbs to move and feel like the real thing. Along the way, they just might redefine what it means to be human.