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Occupational therapist and amputee Christina Stephens took a dare from a co-worker and made a Lego leg. (Source: Amputee OT/YouTube) Occupational therapist and amputee Christina Stephens took a dare from a co-worker and made a Lego leg. (Source: Amputee OT/YouTube)
The Lego leg stands beside the actual prosthetic of Christina Stephens. (Source: Amputee OT/YouTube) The Lego leg stands beside the actual prosthetic of Christina Stephens. (Source: Amputee OT/YouTube)
Stephens models on a boat - sans Legos. (Source: Christina Stephens) Stephens models on a boat - sans Legos. (Source: Christina Stephens)

(RNN) – One woman who has used her own injury to embrace and inspire the amputee community made something really cool after being dared to.

Occupational therapist and clinical researcher Christina Stephens, of St. Louis, made a prosthetic leg out of Legos. Stephens recorded the two-day process from beginning to end and put it on YouTube. She said it took two hours to fit the Lego prosthetic on to herself, and she ends the video modeling the creation beside her own prosthetic.

Stephens' foot was injured in February 2013 after her car fell on her foot while she was replacing her brakes.

"I lost my leg - actually, I lost one-fourth of a leg - when I was changing the brakes on my car and it fell off the jack stands," said Stephens.

She chose to become a below-the-knee amputee because of her knowledge as an occupational therapist, working with amputees.

"The doctors wanted to do a bunch of surgeries that would leave me with a nonfunctional foot, and I elected for function over flesh," Stephens said.

Stephens is the administrator of the Facebook page and YouTube channel Amputee OT, where she provides "a resource for amputees, caregivers, people in the healthcare field and anyone else interested in learning more." Since the injury, she has chronicled her recovery, her use of the prosthetic and her journey through social media.

"Someone in my research lab jokingly suggested I make a prosthetic leg out of Legos," Stephens wrote on her YouTube page. "The joke's on you – I went home and did it."

The video has gone viral, being viewed more than 500,000 times since being published on June 12.

"Sometimes, you just need to be silly," she said.

The rest of Stephen's YouTube channel and Facebook page features the comments and stories of those who have become amputees.

"I did it because I like to explore the space underneath my residual limb that other people don't have, so I can inspire them to be more comfortable with their own bodies and with the bodies of people who are different," Stephens said.

Stephens has received a roaring response from commenters across the world on her social media sites since the beginning of her journey.

"I just watched the video on Yahoo! where you built the prosthetic leg out of Lego's that was awesome!" said Damien Schoop on her Facebook page.

"You are so awesome and have such a beautiful soul. Thank you for looking at life so creatively. I love the Lego leg video," said Scott Clark.

Stephens also warns for others not to try this at home, saying "Please don't do this yourself, I don't want you to fall and get hurt!"

Just a warning to those who want to try – the video shows the leg is not perfect. Its range of motion is nonexistent, with the little Lego foot popping off when it's stepped on.

But Stephens said it could be fixed – "Lego Leg 2.0" is underway.

"I liked the idea," Stephens said of toying with Legos in the video, "because I am very comfortable with my body and like encouraging others to be more comfortable with theirs."

No matter how many times kids will try to do so, they will never create anything this cool with Legos.

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