CASCADE, Mich. (WZZM) -- His research and vision have educated millions of disabled people worldwide. This week, he's personally showing West Michigan amputees what's on the horizon with prosthetic technology.
His name is Kevin Carroll, and his advancements in prosthetics have made it all the way to the bog screen.
"Some of the most exciting technologies today are new prosthetic ankles," said Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP and is a world-renowned certified prosthetist and clinician. "My role is to educate our clinicians at Hanger Clinic and also talk about what our patients can actually do with these new technologies."
Carroll spent Monday at a Hanger Clinic in Kalamazoo and met with 70 amputees. He spent Tuesday at the Hanger Clinic in Cascade, educating 50 more amputees.
Carroll may be best known for creating a prosthetic tail for a dolphin named "Winter."
"It was the first time a dolphin with a full tail gone was fit with a prosthesis, said Carroll.
In 2005, a baby dolphin became entangled in the ropes of a crab trap. The rope cut the supply of blood to her tail which resulted in her tail being amputated.
It was thought that Winter would learn to swim without a tail, but the swimming action forced her to move in a "side to side" motion, and veterinarians feared that this unusual movement would damage her spine.
Carroll volunteered to help. He and his expert team began working on creating a prosthetic tail for Winter. The project took over a year to complete.
"We worked nights and weekends and came up with a very sophisticated prosthetic tail, and Winter swims daily with it," added Carroll.
The story of Kevin Carroll and Winter was made into a movie in 2011, called "Dolphin Tail. In the motion picture, Morgan Freeman portrayed the role of Carroll.
"I was very honored that the movie was made," said Carroll. "We think this story goes on and on because it's a story that keeps giving, and it encourages and motivates people everyday."
"Dolphin Tail 2" is scheduled to be released in theaters in September 2014.