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Engineering students help disabled children in Guatemala

Friday was packing day, getting the two functional prototypes ready to ship. Friday was packing day, getting the two functional prototypes ready to ship.
LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -

Once again, an East Texas university's innovative engineering design will be used to help children in an impoverished country.

LeTourneau University engineering students have come up with a new type of wheelchair and they will use the design to help the children who need them most.

According to students at the university, there are about 200 million people around the planet that need a wheelchair that don't have one.

This particular set of wheelchairs will go to help children in Guatemala.

"Not only is it rugged, but it's designed to be very inexpensive," says Norman Reese, a mechanical engineering professor.

Friday was packing day, getting the two functional prototypes ready to ship.

"These are therapeutic wheelchairs," says senior team leader Tyler Johnson. "They are super adjustable, they meet the users needs and they support the user the way they need to be supported."

Going from classroom to helping people is its own reward, as well.

"We want to have real engineering for the students to do and its great if we can tie that in with a real problem in the real world," says Reese.

A non-profit organization raises funds to help pay for the wheelchairs for deserving family's.

The team leaves tomorrow and will be in Guatemala for 6 days.

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