Missouri Woman Builds Lego Leg to Inspire Others
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As a child, Christina Stephens filled her parents' home with castles and pirate ships made of Legos. When she put her Lego-building skills to work to make a prosthetic leg out of the children's toy, she became an Internet sensation. (Aug. 8)

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SHOTLIST:CHRISTINA STEPHENS HANDOUT - COURTESY CHRISTINA STEPHENSNo date or location given1. Mid of Christina Stephens beginning to build her Lego leg AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYSt. Louis, Missouri - August 1, 20132. SOUNDBITE (English) Christina Stephens, Created Lego leg:"I was working on my car. I was changing the brakes. And I was jiggling the brake caliper off of the brake pad. And the car fell off the jacks and fell on my foot."3. Mid of Christina, an occupational therapist, who is in her wheelchair working with patient4. SOUNDBITE (English) Christina Stephens, Created Lego leg:"And so I knew that I was going to have to have something amputated, and it was just a matter of what and where and what would be the most functional."5. Mid of Christina, an occupational therapist, who is in her wheelchair working with patient6. SOUNDBITE (English) Christina Stephens, Created Lego leg:"One of my colleagues suggested I make a leg out of Legos. And I thought 'well that's cool--that's super cool. AND, I have Legos!' "CHRISTINA STEPHENS HANDOUT - COURTESY CHRISTINA STEPHENSNo date or location given7. Mid of Christina assembling Lego legAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYSt. Louis, Missouri - August 1, 20138. SOUNDBITE (English) Christina Stephens, Created Lego leg:"So I went home that day, I worked on it for about 45 minutes. Then I came home the next day and finished. And thought--you know, it would be cool to have a timelapse of this. So I basically pointed a camera at myself and pressed record."CHRISTINA STEPHENS HANDOUT - COURTESY CHRISTINA STEPHENSNo date or location given9. Mid of Christina assembling Lego legAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYSt. Louis, Missouri - August 1, 201310. SOUNDBITE (English) Christina Stephens, Created Lego leg:"I didn't really think about this until later, but the video is sort of a metaphor for rebuilding your life after disability. And the fact that I--you know, there's sort of an Internet meme about stepping on a Lego. Because stepping on a Lego really hurts! And so there's a meme--'I hope you step on a Lego,' basically. And so I'm stepping on a Lego. I'm stepping on a lot of Legos, and it doesn't hurt me. And so the Internet really liked that part about it."CHRISTINA STEPHENS HANDOUT - COURTESY CHRISTINA STEPHENSNo date or location given11. Mid of Christina assembling Lego legAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYSt. Louis, Missouri - August 1, 201312. SOUNDBITE (English) Christina Stephens, Created Lego leg:And, also, being able to help other people really helps me realize that this was the right decision for me."13. Mid of Christina standing while wearing Lego legSTORYLINE:As a child, Christina Stephens filled her parents' home with castles and pirate ships made of Legos. When she put her Lego-building skills to work to make a prosthetic leg out of the children's toy, she became an Internet sensation.The 31-year-old St. Louis occupational therapist lost her left foot in an accident this winter and immediately vowed to help others dealing with amputations.Stephens began a series of YouTube videos and a Facebook page under the name "AmputeeOT," addressing the sort of topics many new amputees struggle with such as dealing with phantom limb pain or how to clean the amputation site.But it was her unique construction of a makeshift prosthetic _ made of hundreds of tiny Legos _ that made her a video star. The YouTube video has over 1.3 million views since it was posted in early July.(****END****)