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Medical workers in rural Montana are receiving a new type of medical training with the help of realistic manikins.

Instead of just practicing on regular manikins, medical workers are able to practice multiple real-life scenarios with the bonus of "real-life" reactions.

Lucy is one of the manikins that medical workers are able to practice on.

Thanks to a $4.6 million charitable trust, Lucy is helping give rural Montanans better access to proper healthcare.

With the manikin's various functions ranging from pregnancies to trauma, medical workers are able to respond to it with the touch of a single button.

Brodie Verworn of Best Practice Medicine said it’s the reactions that truly help medical workers.

"They get an attachment to it," Verworn said. "They can take that with them. Then the level of education, the things they learn will retain for a longer period of time."

Like an actual person, these manikins can go through so much until they wear out.

Verworn says Lucy gets "checkups" every year, where they perform maintenance on the manikins.

They have done training throughout western Montana in Superior, Bozeman, and Kalispell among other places. 

He says they hope to continue these practices for many years to come.

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