Harry Paul, a high school senior from Long Island, New York, has suffered from Scoliosis his entire life. Every three to six months, Harry would have to undergo surgery to treat his curved spine – a condition which, if left untreated, could severely affects the heart and lungs. But Harry doesn’t want other teens to have to go through the same struggles.
At only 17 years old, Harry’s invented an expanding implant that allows the spine to grow straight, and hopefully will allow other children and teens with Scoliosis to avoid the many surgeries this condition has previously required. “I’m hoping that the treatment will be easier and better for children, so that they won’t have to go through the same ordeal that I went through,” Harry told CBS.
Harry’s research earned him top honors at the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, taking home the California Institute of Technology Innovation Exploration Award, as well as six other prominent science awards and over $20,000 in prize money.
“My mission in life was to be as happy, healthy and productive as I could, and to do something for others whenever possible,” Harry said. We love Harry’s goals, and hope other teens aim just as high!
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