Triathlete uses prosthetic made from hemp at Kansas company

Chad Frey

The Kansan
Marc Dunshee, left, began competing in triathalons and marathons after receiving a prosthetic leg made in part from hemp designed by  Kyle Trivisonno (left). Trivisonno is moving his company, Human Plan Solutions, out of a Wichita State business incubator into a building at the Newton City/County Airport.

Marc Dunshee shattered his left leg riding a dirt bike, an injury he was never able to fully recover from. He spent 10 years in pain, in and out of doctors’ offices, before he took what some would call a drastic action to end that pain.

He asked doctors to cut off his leg. He had to ask several times before doctors said yes, and scheduled a surgery.

And while that could have been the biggest life-changing moment in Dunshee’s life, there was another one yet to come. He applied for a job at a business that made prosthetics, wanting to learn how to make his own leg.

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