Tag Archive: amputate

Information Request – Do you know this man? Please help.

We’ve been contacted by Anthony Michael (Mike) Stewart who is trying to find information about his father, Douglas Alexander (Doug) Stewart. Mike, who was one of the children of Doug’s first family and who was born in Jersey, had lost touch with his father who left the family when Mike was 11 and his sister… View Article

Remarkable image shows RAF hero Douglas Bader posing on Bournemouth beach

From The Daily Echo – 13/09/2012 AN EXTRAORDINARY photograph has been uncovered of RAF hero Douglas Bader on Bournemouth beach, the year before he lost his legs. The photo, taken in the summer of 1930, shows Aileen Grace Wise being held aloft by Bader on the sands. Aileen was just 17 at the time and… View Article

Milan carries the torch for the DBF!

Milan Novakovic, a supporter of the DBF,  was one of the select few to carry the Olympic Torch. His inspirational story follows: Milan’s Nomination Story Milan’s story is one of courage and determination. He was born with “anomalous origin of the left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery”, a rare congenital heart defect which results… View Article
Amputees kept off roller coaster sue Universal Studios Hollywood

Amputees kept off roller coaster sue Universal Studios Hollywood

We received this link from DysNet, the new global network aimed at connecting anyone who is affected, personally or professionally, with limb differences (dysmelia). As they say quite rightly I’m sure, this isn’t an issue that’s going to go away and this story could run and run. We’ll publish updates as we receive them –… View Article
Paralympics – Paralympic hopeful is chosen to carry the Olympic torch

Paralympics – Paralympic hopeful is chosen to carry the Olympic torch

TWO years ago he had his leg amputated – now he plays tennis for Britain and will carry the Olympic torch next year. Edward Holt, 19, of Waltham, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma – a rare cancerous tumour that affects teenagers. He spent a full year in hospital having chemotherapy and on New Year’s Eve, 2010,… View Article

Paralympics – Meet 2ft girl who dreams of winning 2012 Paralympics

Different in her own way, Jessica may be small but she is a huge inspiration… **************************************************** SCHOOLGIRL Jessica Rogers is determined to swim in the Paralympics – despite being approximately 2ft tall. The determined 14-year-old was born with a rare condition that left her with no lower spine and meant her legs had to be… View Article
World Diabetes Day – Diabetes, Amputation and Prevention

World Diabetes Day – Diabetes, Amputation and Prevention

A selection of articles on Diabetes, amputation and its possible prevention from the days news stories. **************************************************** A QUARTER of diabetes sufferers are at risk of having their ­feet amputated because they have not had vital check-ups in the past year. A poll to highlight World Diabetes Day today also found 22% of people with… View Article

Tap Dancing on One Leg

This past Saturday, Montclair State University musical theatre major Evan Ruggiero posted a video on YouTube of himself tap dancing. By Tuesday night, almost 6,000 people had viewed it. No wonder.  Ruggiero, a 21-year-old bone cancer survivor who had his leg amputated last year, had taped himself tap dancing with his one remaining leg —… View Article

Rare Condition That Led to Leg Amputation Now Causing Stump to Grow

Published November 07, 2011 – FoxNews.com A woman who had one of her 70-pound legs amputated claims the stump is growing, the Daily Mail reported. Mandy Sellars, 36, is suspected to suffer from a rare condition called Proteus syndrome, which caused her to be born with abnormally large legs and feet. Proteus syndrome is a… View Article
Woman tells of leg amputation after it kept on growing

Woman tells of leg amputation after it kept on growing

From: The Mirror (25/08/2011) Remarkable Mandy Sellars remains upbeat despite having one of her legs amputated – because it kept on growing. She suffers from a condition similar to Proteus Syndrome, which was the same illness that affected Elephant Man Joseph Merrick. It means all of her fat is stored below her waist and in… View Article

America – Pioneering prosthesis gives kids hope…

TAMPA — Moffitt Cancer Center surgeon Doug Letson has an enemy. It’s the number 448. That’s how many American children learn they have bone cancer each year, then face painful treatments, the risk of limb amputation and possible death. It doesn’t matter that those children account for just 4 percent of the 11,210 annual pediatric… View Article
Reminder! Discover more about Sir Douglas Bader at Tangmere Museum on Sunday 7th August

Reminder! Discover more about Sir Douglas Bader at Tangmere Museum on Sunday 7th August

Bader Remembered 70 Years on – Tangmere Museum Tangmere Museum is holding an event on Sunday 7th August to honour the memory of Sir Douglas Bader. There is a lot going on and it promises to be an enjoyable as well as an educational day. From the Tangmere Museum Website: “The theme of the Museum’s main… View Article
Double amputee Meningitis survivor Andrea Evans tells tale of fight against deadly disease

Double amputee Meningitis survivor Andrea Evans tells tale of fight against deadly disease

By: Julia McWatt, South Wales Echo Jul 27 2011 At the age of 16 Andrea Evans caught meningitis, which resulted in kidney failure and the amputation of both her legs. Julia McWatt hears her story of survival and how she’s now helping a New Zealand earthquake survivor WHEN Andrea Evans became severely unwell as a… View Article
Dancer chose to have her leg amputated so she could perform again

Dancer chose to have her leg amputated so she could perform again

By: Daily Mail Reporter A teenage ballerina chose to have her leg AMPUTATED after a huge benign tumour left her with an ‘elephant foot’ and unable to dance. Chanel Carter, 15, was left devastated when she developed a rare bone condition that left her with a tumour on her right leg – crushing her dreams… View Article
Update – Alyssia Crook begins journey to pain-free life

Update – Alyssia Crook begins journey to pain-free life

CHICAGO (WZZM) – Her inspirational story made international headlines three months ago. Her dream, her decision, her faith and — now — her recovery. At the age of 12, Alyssia Crook made the decision to amputate her left leg because she wanted to be free from life-long pain. In May, the Hudsonville girl’s leg was removed.  The two months… View Article
Bus driver who had one leg amputated told he won’t get insurance payout… unless other one is cut off too

Bus driver who had one leg amputated told he won’t get insurance payout… unless other one is cut off too

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER Last updated at 7:31 AM on 27th July 2011 A bus driver who had to have his leg amputated was told by his insurers they would only pay out if he lost both legs. Martin Wells spent more than £4,500 on critical illness cover with Scottish Widows over the past 12 years… View Article

Tangmere Reminder – Visit the DBF Stand on Sunday 7th August

Bader Remembered 70 Years on – Tangmere Museum Tangmere Museum is holding an event on Sunday 7th August to honour the memory of Sir Douglas Bader. There is a lot going on and it promises to be an enjoyable as well as an educational day. From the Tangmere Museum Website: “The theme of the Museum’s… View Article

TWO-year-old girl found alive in the wreckage of Chinese train crash may need leg amputated

Xiang Weiyi was travelling with her parents on Saturday when their train suddenly stopped and was ploughed into by an oncoming high-speed service that pushed four carriages off a viaduct, the China Daily reported. The toddler, who was in the last carriage of the train, was only discovered on Sunday afternoon as workers picked through… View Article

London 2012 Olympics: Oscar Pistorius Qualifies for World Championships and London Games

From: The Telegraph South African double amputee Oscar Pistorius qualified for next month’s world championships by smashing his 400 metres personal best by half a second in Lignano, Italy on Tuesday. Pistorius, known as the ‘Blade Runner’ because he runs with carbon fibre prosthetic running blades, clocked 45.07 seconds to record a time inside both… View Article

Ben Baltz doesn’t let amputation slow him down and now helps raise awareness for childhood cancer research

July 20, 2011 9:09 PM Katie Tammen Daily News VALPARAISO — Ben Baltz is about to reach yet another milestone in his young life. He’s going to summer camp in Ohio. The camp will not only give the 9-year-old plenty of opportunity to swim and canoe, but also test his sense of adventure with zip… View Article

Amputee shooting for a role in the U.S. Open tennis tournament

Pete and Maria Castelli stood to the side, tears streaming down their faces as their daughter, Denise, sprinted up and down an indoor turf field at New York’s Chelsea Piers. It took one clinic for Castelli to run again. One session, after needing two months to learn to walk again. One session, after a year… View Article
QUT technology offers remarkable healing touch and may reduce need for amputation

QUT technology offers remarkable healing touch and may reduce need for amputation

A wound-healing invention developed at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has produced remarkable results in an international human trial. The multi-centre study of VitroGro® found 92 per cent of the patients taking part in the trial were partially or completely healed in 12 weeks. The average treatment time that patients’ venous ulcers had not… View Article
Dakota Wesleyan’s Hunter Bork sets national record with performance

Dakota Wesleyan’s Hunter Bork sets national record with performance

By: Justin Rust, The Daily Republic Hunter Bork did not just win the high jump title at the Paralympic Games on June 16-19 in Miramar, Fla., he also set an American record in the event. On Monday morning in a text from Dakota Wesleyan track and field coach Pat Belling, Bork found out his winning mark… View Article

Bader Remembered 70 Years on – Tangmere Museum

Tangmere Museum is holding an event on Sunday 7th August to honour the memory of Sir Douglas Bader. There is a lot going on and it promises to be an enjoyable as well as an educational day. From the Tangmere Museum Website: “The theme of the Museum’s main summer event this year is ‘BADER REMEMBERED 70… View Article

Two years after IED blast, Welsh Guardsman has his leg amputated

Toby Harnden Spare a thought this evening for Guardsman Joe Penlington, 20, from Mold in North Wales. Nearly two years after an Improvised Explosive Device ripped through his Viking in Helmand, the soldier had an initial procedure to have his left leg amputated earlier today. The second, main procedure will take place tomorrow (Wednesday). Joe, who features in… View Article

Mum vows to walk again after choosing to have both legs amputated

COURAGEOUS mum-of-six Jennifer Clark told today how she faces learning to walk for the third time after an operation to remove her legs. The 41-year-old, from Hollycarrside, first had to have her deformed feet amputated to overcome a deteriorating condition. But after buying her first pair of shoes and learning to walk all over again,… View Article

Paralympics-UK amputee schoolgirl Danielle Bradshaw eyes 2016 Rio Paralympic Games

An amputee who was encouraged by a Paralympic star to fulfil her dreams of running again finally got to meet her hero. Danielle Bradshaw, 12, who had her damaged leg amputated last year set her sights on competing at the Rio Games in 2016 after hearing about Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius. The schoolgirl met the… View Article

Paralympics-Inspiring Paralympic athletes speak of their 2012 fever

As British Paralympic stars compete in the World Cup, one basketball player, who is an amputee, tells Channel 4 News why life is “easier” for him than soldiers who have lost their legs in war zones. More than 240 athletes from 34 countries are competing in this week’s BT Paralympic World Cup, including “blade-runner” Oscar… View Article
Alyssia Crook already shooting hoops in hospital less than a week after amputation

Alyssia Crook already shooting hoops in hospital less than a week after amputation

It didn’t take long for Alyssia Crook to return to the basketball court after having a portion of her left leg amputated last Thursday. Less than 48 hours after her surgery, Alyssia found her way to the gymnasium within Chicago’s Shriners Children’s hospital so she could shoot some hoops. This video was provided to WZZM… View Article
How a cuddle with a big cat helped a thrill-seeking double amputee live on the wild side again

How a cuddle with a big cat helped a thrill-seeking double amputee live on the wild side again

Lions and tigers aren’t usually the sort of animals you’d want to get close to, but that’s exactly what double amputee John Reinke likes to do. In fact, he’s discovered an incredible ability to get so close to such animals that he can cuddle them. He only released his sensitive skill after a bungee jump… View Article
Profile: Surgeon and innovator Dr. Jihad Mustapha is known as 'The Leg Saver'

Profile: Surgeon and innovator Dr. Jihad Mustapha is known as 'The Leg Saver'

When Jihad Mustapha was 15, he fled his war-torn homeland of Lebanon and, all by himself, boarded a plane for New York. He landed at JFK airport with $80 and two pairs of pants. He spoke no English. These days, at 44, he’s the guy to go to for a second opinion when the doctor… View Article
Second-ever elective amputation replaces hand with bionic reconstruction

Second-ever elective amputation replaces hand with bionic reconstruction

In the past some people have been willing to use prosthetic arms, legs, hands, and feet if they’re missing a limb, and technology has made that possible. Things are a bit more complicate if a limb is still there but not working, often due to paralysis. It is possible though to replace such a limb… View Article

Alyssia Crook update – a successful amputation

CHICAGO — Alyssia Crook emerged from successful surgery here Thursday to amputate her left leg, an operation that revealed “fascinating anatomy” and will allow her to face a life finally free of the pain and suffering that has plagued her all of her 13 years. Showing bravado beyond her age, the little basketball player whose… View Article

Faith, the amputee pony, is home fit and well

Faith has come home……. Readers have become avid followers of Faith and have taken her in to their hearts as we have charted her progress in recent months, both the ups and downs, and on Friday Sue and Rod Weeding were on hand at the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre to welcome her home. Faith… View Article

Paralympics-Oscar Pistorius has one aim in life – to be the fastest man on Earth

By Kevin McCallum 12:08PM BST 22 May 2011 Oscar Pistorius opens the sliding doors of a room in his house in the east of Pretoria, whistles and all hell breaks loose. Pistorius has shown that while two legs may be good, no legs are better for him. Yet in his house, four legs rule the… View Article

Paralympics-Accident helped turn Nathan Stephens into an international Paralympic athlete

Gareth A Davies reveals how a train accident helped to turn Nathan Stephens into an international athlete Barrie and Helen Stephens always look skywards and thank the Lord, come April 11 every year. It happens to be the birthday of their son, Nathan Stephens, a 23-year-old with the potential to become a superstar at the… View Article
Alyssia’s choice: A dream fulfilled before life’s next step

Alyssia’s choice: A dream fulfilled before life’s next step

Life as a teenager is about feeling free to be competitive, exuberant, and happy.  It’s no different for Alyssia Crook — despite some not so obvious limitations. Alyssia’s parents, Chad and Karen, are missionaries.  But it was on a personal mission trip to the Ukraine in 2003 that they found the special girl who would… View Article
Paralympics-6 of Great Britain’s most inspiring athletes tell us why… There’s no limit

Paralympics-6 of Great Britain’s most inspiring athletes tell us why… There’s no limit

The BT Paralympic World Cup begins in Manchester on Monday with 300 dedicated athletes from 31 countries competing in the largest annual international multi-sport competition in elite disability sport. Most of those athletes have an inspiring and uplifting story to tell. Here Sportsmail catches up with six of them before the action kicks off… LOUISE… View Article

Teen uses leg to create works of art ahead of amputation

HUDSONVILLE — Artist Angie Briggs Johnson pressed 13-year-old Alyssia Crook’s skinny left leg, drenched in orange and yellow paint, against a canvas that Alyssia had spent a morning painting. Alyssia’s left foot was covered in blue paint, as the two sat on a vibrantly stained tarp amid brushes and paint on Johnson’s kitchen floor. Alyssia… View Article

Thug kicks puppy so hard it needs leg amputation

A TATTOOED thug who kicked a puppy so hard that its leg had to be amputated was given a conditional discharge by a court this week. But Whitley man Martin Bates, who appeared in court via video link from Reading Young Offenders Institution, where he is already serving a 10-week sentence for other offences, was… View Article
Leg of a Civil War Army general now on display at Fort Detrick

Leg of a Civil War Army general now on display at Fort Detrick

The leg of a Civil War Army general, amputated 148 years ago at Gettysburg, is now on display at Fort Detrick. Maj. Gen. Daniel Sickles’ leg is one of the most famous items at the National Museum of Health and Medicine, which had been housed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The museum is moving… View Article
Man Loses Arm in Work Accident at Curry’s Store

Man Loses Arm in Work Accident at Curry’s Store

Author: Alan • Monday, May 16th, 2011 An engineer from Bolton had to have his left arm amputated, after it was dragged into the rollers of a conveyor belt, at a Curry’s outlet in Lancashire. The Manchester Evening News is reporting that, thirty four year old Paul McNulty from Sharples, in Bolton, who was employed… View Article

After 48 operations, Tom McKenzie is still standing on his own 2 feet

Standing on your own feet One week away from losing his leg to cancer, 6-year-old Tom became the youngest patient to have pioneering bone replacement surgery. In total, he has undergone 48 operations – and defied doctors’ predictions that he would never be a dad. Tom McKenzie is every inch the successful man. A happily… View Article

More amputations at Bastion Hospital as trauma surgeons fight to keep troops alive

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan — Flags for the international fighting force were flying at half-staff outside the military trauma hospital the morning of our visit, in remembrance of the latest troops killed in the war. Some die here on the operating tables, despite the best efforts of British and American surgeons. Others succumb to their injuries… View Article
Goodbye “Crazy Leonard” – an inspiration

Goodbye “Crazy Leonard” – an inspiration

Vavra ran on enthusiasm By Susan Szalewski WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER Leonard Vavra was known as “Crazy Leonard.” Not just because he started his running hobby in his late 40s, back in the days when nobody went out and just ran. Not just because he continued running as an old man, no matter what — even… View Article
Man recovering after Tornado causes amputation of his leg

Man recovering after Tornado causes amputation of his leg

By Tiffeny Owens A 22-year-old Mount Hope man is recovering in a Birmingham hospital after an EF5 tornado took the life of his little brother, and on Friday, claimed his left leg. The family of Justin Adams — a husband, father and son — has kept vigil at his side since he was dragged out… View Article

Jamie Schanbaum, who lost limbs to meningococcal septicemia, learns to ride bicycle

Sean Ahmadi holds the front tire of a red bicycle steady between his knees. “Hop on,” he tells Jamie Schanbaum. The 22-year-old college student swings a leg over the bike, sliding first one, then the other prosthetic foot into plastic cages that hold her feet on the pedals. As the tires start rolling, Ahmadi runs… View Article
Could Amputation Have Been Avoided?

Could Amputation Have Been Avoided?

“A horror story” BRIAN SMYTH went to the hospital with an infection in his big toe in February. By August, he was having his leg amputated, and he blames a faulty heathcare system. Barry Gray/The Hamilton Spectator Brian Smyth came to Hamilton General Hospital with an injured toe and six months later lost his lower… View Article
Factory Worker Has Leg Amputated After Accident At Work

Factory Worker Has Leg Amputated After Accident At Work

A former Nestlé employee has received a six figure compensation payment, after a horrific accident at work led to the amputation of her left leg. Susan Ashe from Knottingley, close to Selby, was driving a small fork lift truck at the old Nestlé factory in York when she lost control of the vehicle and crashed into… View Article
Cameron Taylor making strides after leg amputation

Cameron Taylor making strides after leg amputation

ADAMSVILLE — Standing on his crutches, 8-year-old Cameron Taylor lets them fall to the ground as he mockingly sticks his tongue out at his Aunt Denise. “I’m more of a daredevil than you,” Cameron said, while holding his arms up and balancing on his right leg. Cameron has made great strides in the past month,… View Article

Football player's life altered in instant, but amputation followed by questions

By: Steve Wieberg, USA TODAY McLOUTH, Kan. — Amid the crash of pads and grunts of effort three Friday nights ago, several of McLouth High’s football players heard a telltale pop. Trevor Roberts did not. Nor did the senior receiver feel any immediate pain, he says, when his awkwardly planted left leg gave way, two… View Article
Surgeon Suspended for Amputating Wrong Limb of Patient

Surgeon Suspended for Amputating Wrong Limb of Patient

A case of negligence has been filed against the operating surgeon and a second doctor for causing bodily harm to a patient. The trial is slated to start in the month of November. On June 16, a woman had gone to a hospital in the Tyrolean town of Sankt Johann for a leg amputation. After… View Article

Albion man mixes optimism, determination to move on after amputation

Published: Sunday, October 10, 2010, 7:00 AM     Updated: Monday, October 11, 2010, 10:51 AM Debbie S. Myers | Jackson Citizen Patriot He does with one hand what some with two hands never try. Albion resident Steven Stark lost his right hand four years ago but said he found a new purpose through creating jewelry…. View Article

Martine Wright: 'I lost both legs in the London bombings but sport healed me'

A tale of hope emerges from the devastation as a Paralympian finds inspiration from volleyball – and flies high as she contemplates the 2012 Games. Alan Hubbard meets Martine Wright Sunday, 10 October 2010 Fifty-two people died in the terrorist atrocities in London on the morning of 7 July 2005, eight on the Circle Line… View Article
Phantom Limb Syndrome – Pain & Sensation Following Amputation

Phantom Limb Syndrome – Pain & Sensation Following Amputation

The idea that a person can retain an awareness of an amputated limb may not be surprising but to consider the claim that a missing limb can still move and feel intense pain raises both serious questions and skeptical eyebrows. How can a person feel pain in a limb that no longer exists? A residual… View Article
Body Integrity Identity Disorder

Body Integrity Identity Disorder

By: Gary W. Small, M.D. (Dr. Gary Small is a professor of psychiatry and director of the UCLA Centre on Aging at the Semel Institure for Neuroscience & Human Behaviour) Michael Jackson at 50 looked quite different from the way he appeared in his teens and 20s. Most of us expect the usual age-related changes… View Article
Spinal Cord Tissue Regenerated with Sodium

Spinal Cord Tissue Regenerated with Sodium

By Ben Coxworth 15:35 October 5, 2010 In a study that could have implications for the treatment of traumatic injuries in humans, scientists at Tufts University in Massachusetts have succeeded in getting tadpoles to regrow amputated tails. The researchers first noted that when the tails were cut off of young Xenopus laevis (African clawed frog) tadpoles, a… View Article
Desire to Help led to a New Career

Desire to Help led to a New Career

By Doris Wedge For the Norman Transcript – Sept 20th 2010 Craig Gavras enters a room with confidence, the decisive strides of a man who knows where he is going, a man who is grounded because of where he has been. His walk belies the fact that he suffered a personal injury that robbed him… View Article
Matawan veteran's mission to help fellow wounded warriors

Matawan veteran's mission to help fellow wounded warriors

The mortar exploded, mauling John Loosen’s left leg, kidney and most of his stomach. The 19-year-old Army infantryman was rushed back to the Cu Chi base camp in Vietnam, where the leg was amputated above the knee. The date was Dec. 29, 1967, and the attack was a lead-up to the Tet Offensive, a turning… View Article
Dr Ed Walker: 'Her foot was trapped under the engine. They wanted me to do a quick amputation'

Dr Ed Walker: 'Her foot was trapped under the engine. They wanted me to do a quick amputation'

My toughest case: About 15 years ago I was quite junior in the accident and emergency department. Pre-hospital care is much better organised these days but back then fire brigades would often just shout for the nearest A&E department if they got into trouble. I was called to a car crash on the M62. There… View Article
Aron Ralston describes his attempted self-amputation

Aron Ralston describes his attempted self-amputation

Click on the link to hear Aron Ralston describing how he attempted to amputate his own arm after it became trapped under a boulder. Probably not for the faint-hearted! http://thedailyhotnews.com/aron-ralston-describes-the-amputation.html
Brave 'Jimmy' about on three legs

Brave 'Jimmy' about on three legs

The six-month-old puppy savagely attacked with an iron bar at the weekend has a new name and a new lease on life after having its right front leg amputated. Waitara vet Steve DeGrey, who performed the amputation on Monday, said the improvement in the bearded collie cross’s condition has been remarkable. “He doesn’t know he’s… View Article
Teen who lost her leg overcomes her disability by leaps and bounds

Teen who lost her leg overcomes her disability by leaps and bounds

What’s your disability? Everyone has one. The question is how you’ve dealt with this physical or mental disability to reach your full potential. It’s safe to say that Cady Tescher of Glendora has handled hers well. On Saturday, the Amputee Coalition of America will honor the 18-year-old with a $1,000 scholarship at its annual conference…. View Article
After amputation, firefighter defies odds

After amputation, firefighter defies odds

Determination to recapture dream inspires colleagues “It was like a dream.” That’s how Earl Barnes describes the motorcycle accident that cost him the lower part of his right leg. Before the accident, he was doing what he had wanted to do since he was a child: He was a firefighter. “It’s a funny thing about firefighters,”… View Article
Schoolgirl to have leg amputated to become athlete

Schoolgirl to have leg amputated to become athlete

Plucky Danielle Bradshaw is having her leg amputated – to pursue her dream of becoming a world-class athlete. The 11-year-old, who was inspired by the achievements of wounded British soldiers, says she doesn’t want to spend the rest of her life “dragging her useless limb behind her”. She said: “I saw them and it helped… View Article
James Stuck hopes to lead U.S. sitting volleyball team to Paralympic Games

James Stuck hopes to lead U.S. sitting volleyball team to Paralympic Games

He’s referring to the day in December 2005 when his convoy struck a roadside bomb near Karkuk in northern Iraq. The blast destroyed his Humvee and most of his right leg. “Another guy lost an arm, and the other two people with us were fine,” said Stuck, who served in the Army 101{+s}{+t} Airborne Division…. View Article
Haiti six months on – learning to walk again

Haiti six months on – learning to walk again

On the water’s edge of Port-au-Prince, an active boy forges his way through the narrow alley ways between tents, maneuvering over the rough terrain. Six months after having his right leg amputated, nine-year-old Sebastian has adapted well to living with crutches and a prosthesis in the crowded tent city in Haiti. “To see him move… View Article
Rachel rides high with a little help from her friends

Rachel rides high with a little help from her friends

A story to warm your heart….. It was a classic summer childhood scene: a dad gliding alongside his 8-year-old daughter as she learned to navigate her first bicycle. But Rachel Crawford’s maiden voyage Friday aboard her purple two-wheeler wasn’t your ordinary rite of passage. In addition to her father, there were four senior USC mechanical… View Article
Austrian Doctors Amputate Wrong Leg of Patient aged 91

Austrian Doctors Amputate Wrong Leg of Patient aged 91

VIENNA: Doctors in an Austrian state amputated the wrong leg of a 91-year-old woman by mistake, and then had to cut off the infected leg too. Surgeons at the St. Johann Hospital in Austria’s western state of Tirol, conducted the wrong surgery June 16, and later realised that they amputated a healthy leg after the… View Article
Buddy, the Golden Retriever, doing well on all 3s

Buddy, the Golden Retriever, doing well on all 3s

It’s the diagnosis every dog owner fears: the innocent limp that turns into bone cancer. When George and Kathleen Ferrick received the dire news about their 7-year-old golden retriever, they learned that amputating the afflicted limb might help save, or at least extend, Buddy’s life. This would be wonderful, of course, except the El Cerrito… View Article
Cat shot with airgun faces leg amputation

Cat shot with airgun faces leg amputation

(There are some lovely folk around, aren’t there…?) THREE children are upset after their beloved cat was shot with an air gun and now faces possible amputation of a leg. The children were leaving home to go to school last week with their mother when they found their pet covered with blood on the driveway… View Article
Paternal Instinct. Father's fears for his Marines sons realised

Paternal Instinct. Father's fears for his Marines sons realised

A Norwood father’s fears come true as he gets word only months apart his two sons were injured fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan On the day his first son was born 24 years ago, Bob Brady had a fleeting thought. As he marveled at the perfect little being he and his wife, Diane,… View Article
Man Who Attempted Self-Amputation Credits Human Spirit for Survival. More on Jonathan Metz

Man Who Attempted Self-Amputation Credits Human Spirit for Survival. More on Jonathan Metz

Which is more important – an arm or life? A Connecticut man tried self-amputation to save his life after his arm was trapped in a furnace. He credits “human spirit” for his survival. “Human spirit, its strong,” Jonathan Metz, 31, of West Hartford, Connecticut, said Tuesday. He is currently undergoing treatment at Hartford’s Saint Francis… View Article
More on Diabetes and Feet…

More on Diabetes and Feet…

Here is more information on Diabetes and things you can do to look after your feet and help to prevent Diabetes related amputations from HEALTH SEARCH ONLINE: For generations perhaps the greatest fear of many diabetics has been the fear of needing to have their feet or lower legs amputated, and being relegated to a… View Article
Wounded Marine has 4th Amputation

Wounded Marine has 4th Amputation

CALEDONIA — Nearly two weeks after being critically wounded in Afghanistan, a Boone County Marine is continuing to fight for his life. Cpl. John Peck, 24, a former Rockford Jefferson High School and Antioch High School student, lost both of his legs and an arm when an improvised explosive device detonated on May 23. In… View Article
Penn State Student Working Toward Paralympics After Leg Amputation

Penn State Student Working Toward Paralympics After Leg Amputation

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State student Jake Schrom was eager to be home for the summer. It was May 15, 2008, and he had just begun his usual summer job, working for his family’s tree service and landscaping business in Carlisle. He was at the job site, getting ready to dump a full load of debris… View Article
Jonathan Metz and the Will to Survive: 3 More Shocking Tales of Self-Amputation

Jonathan Metz and the Will to Survive: 3 More Shocking Tales of Self-Amputation

The tale of Jonathan Metz, the Connecticut man who nearly amputated his own arm after it became caught in his furnace boiler, is being hailed as an amazing story of survival. But he’s not the only one who’s gone to such grisly lengths to avoid death. Hiker Aron Ralston famously did the same back in 2003. The… View Article
Trapped Man Attempts to Amputate Arm

Trapped Man Attempts to Amputate Arm

A MAN trapped for at least three days with his arm stuck in his furnace has cut his own arm nearly off because of a spreading infection. Dr Scott Ellner of St Francis Hospital and Medical Centre in Hartford, Connecticut said today that Jonathan Metz used his own tools to cut through his arm near the… View Article
Haiti – The long-term aftershocks of care

Haiti – The long-term aftershocks of care

By Laurence J. Ronan and Lisa I. IezzoniFebruary 9, 2010 IN THE aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, one group requires special attention: Those permanently disabled by devastating injuries. The exact number of newly disabled Haitians is unknown, but the wounds are obvious: amputations of arms, legs, hands, and feet; paralyzing brain and spinal cord injuries;… View Article
Haiti: 2 Weeks of Emergency Care in Review

Haiti: 2 Weeks of Emergency Care in Review

As medical assistance moves into a second phase, with conditions finally improving for the practice of surgery and medicine, three MSF staff members describe how the teams treated patients in the ruins of the Delmas district in the immediate aftermath of the January 12 earthquake in Haiti. The Earth Shakes It was the end of… View Article
Amputee Hopes to Help her Rescuers

Amputee Hopes to Help her Rescuers

Christa Brelsford went to help in Haiti but lost her foot in the process. Now, she hopes to help those who helped her.Christa Brelsford, the Arizona State University graduate student, who was among the first Americans rescued out of Haiti after the devastating earthquake ravaged the nation, has been discharged from the hospital and now… View Article
Haiti's biggest loss from quake: Thousands of amputees

Haiti's biggest loss from quake: Thousands of amputees

By John Lantigua Associated Press She is 17 and lovely. It is the time of life when a girl dreams of finding a boyfriend, strolling with him, dancing with him. Instead, Gaelle Eznard lies in a small red tent at a crowded, chaotic refugee camp in the Champs de Mars, a park in this demolished capital…. View Article

'I turned my family's life upside down'

By CRYSTAL CHAN IT’S A typical evening and the family of four sit at their table, having dinner. Three have cutlery in their hands. Only one, in a wheelchair, eats with cutlery stuck to her magnetic hand gloves. Such moments remind Madam Teo Siew Kim, 60, of what she has lost – both her hands… View Article

Sometimes words fail you….

Uncle of meningitis amputee toddler stole £315,000 from her trust fund to pay for holidays… leaving just £239 By Daily Mail Reporter Last updated at 1:34 PM on 26th November 2009 Ellie Challis lost her arms and legs after contracting meningitis aged just 16 months. The uncle of a little girl who lost her arms… View Article
Bruised in Kabul blast, healing touch in Delhi

Bruised in Kabul blast, healing touch in Delhi

NEW DELHI: A glass piece inside one eye, more than 50% burn injuries that had got infected, multiple fractures, and a foot which had been completely destroyed. Twenty-six-year-old Mohammad Mussa an Afghanistan national employed with the Indian embassy in Kabul was flown to India in this condition three weeks back. He was a victim of… View Article

Amputation no longer considered last resort

André Picard (From Monday’s Globe and Mail Last updated on Monday, Aug. 10, 2009 03:09AM EDT) Imagine for a moment that you have a cancerous tumour eating away at the bone and muscle in your leg. You can choose to amputate the leg or undergo surgery that removes the cancer and leaves the limb intact…. View Article
Airman fights for job after surgery mishap

Airman fights for job after surgery mishap

By Michael Hoffman – Staff writer Posted : Monday Jul 27, 2009 15:40:44 EDT Airman 1st Class Colton Read looked up from his hospital bed into the face of his wife. A tube down his throat kept him from talking. Fighting back tears, Jessica Read told her 20-year-old husband that doctors had amputated his right… View Article
Amputee wins £1m in hospital damages

Amputee wins £1m in hospital damages

by CRAIG ROBINSON Last updated: 30/06/2009 06:00:00 A WOMAN who lost her leg in what should have been a routine knee operation has won more than £1million in compensation. Karen Flory has been left significantly disabled and continues to experience pain in the affected leg as well as phantom limb pains. Ipswich Hospital admitted responsibility… View Article
Amputee wins £1m in hospital damages

Amputee wins £1m in hospital damages

by CRAIG ROBINSON Last updated: 30/06/2009 06:00:00 A WOMAN who lost her leg in what should have been a routine knee operation has won more than £1million in compensation. Karen Flory has been left significantly disabled and continues to experience pain in the affected leg as well as phantom limb pains. Ipswich Hospital admitted responsibility… View Article