Tag Archive: amputation

Family’s Joy as Amputee Toddler Takes First Steps

We don’t usually print news stories but this one was so heartwarming I thought I should share it. I’m sure anyone reading it will join us all at the DBF in wishing the aptly nicknamed little Suzanna “Lionheart” Gibson a long, healthy and happy life. She’s certainly fought for it already and clearly has the… View Article

Phil Oakley tackles the world’s deepest caves

We’re proud and delighted to publish the latest adventure from indomitable Bader Grant recipient, Phil Oakley. Phil, who possesses the Bader spirit in spades and personifies the motto: “…it’s what you can do that counts” Phil apologised in his email that this adventure wasn’t as exotic as previous ones (which can be found by entering Phil Oakley… View Article

DBF Ambassador, Wyn Jenkins, in the news!

Valued Douglas Bader Foundation Ambassador, Wyn Jenkins, has hit the news with his plea for fair treatment for civilian amputees, the “unsung heroes”, a subject close to our hearts. You can see the article from Wales Online reproduced below but please also click on the link below to visit the page where you’ll be able… View Article

Male trans-tibial amputee? Can you help Alex?

We’ve been contacted by Alex Breen who is currently undertaking a PhD with Bournemouth University, exploring the spine and lower limb kinematics of trans-tibial amputees. He is looking to gain further information relating to his study and hopes to recruit potential volunteers to take part. The purpose of Alex’s PhD is to investigate the relationship… View Article
Hope for those with peripheral nerve damage…

Hope for those with peripheral nerve damage…

Stem cells injected into nerve guide tubes repair injured peripheral nerve Putnam Valley, NY. (Jan. 9, 2014) – Using skin-derived stem cells (SDSCs) and a previously developed collagen tube designed to successfully bridge gaps in injured nerves in rat models, the research team in Milan, Italy that established and tested the procedure has successfully rescued… View Article

Phil Oakley – Trekking in Morocco

We are extremely grateful to Phil Oakley for sending us this inspirational report of his latest venture and for the beautiful images. You can see all the pictures he sent in a gallery beneath the story. Not content with a challenging trip to Borneo earlier in the year, Bader Grant recipient Phil decided to tackle… View Article
Information request. Do you know this man?

Information request. Do you know this man?

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

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
PACE – Latest Newsletter: Winter 2012/2013

PACE – Latest Newsletter: Winter 2012/2013

We have just received Issue 13, Winter 2012/2013, from PACE. As always, it’s packed with interesting and inspirational stories and articles as well as the factual information and news you’d expect from PACE Rehabilitation, a company at the forefront of the prosthetics field. You can see the Newsletter by clicking on the link. Highly recommended is… View Article
Appear on Channel 4 and Help to Raise Awareness of the Risks of Amputation from Diabetes

Appear on Channel 4 and Help to Raise Awareness of the Risks of Amputation from Diabetes

We’ve been contacted by Kate Drysdale who’s currently working on the second series of Channel 4’s “Embarrassing Fat Bodies”. Given the recent press reports on the rising numbers of Diabetes Type 2 cases plus the further reports on diabetic amputation rates she’s keen to film an item with a patient who has diabetes and has… View Article

An Opportunity to appear on Channel 4 and help to raise awareness of Diabetes

We’ve been contacted by Kate Drysdale who’s currently working on the second series of Channel 4’s “Embarrassing Fat Bodies”. Given the recent press reports on the rising numbers of Diabetes Type 2 cases plus the further reports on diabetic amputation rates she’s keen to film an item with a patient who has diabetes and has… View Article
The Glidecycle – Update

The Glidecycle – Update

We’ve brought this amazing device to your attention before but, with a new model currently being marketed in San Diego (please see the short film via the link below), thought it may well be time for a reminder! The Glidecycle is: The World’s First Body Unweighted Sport Runner for everyone The secret is GlideCycle’s™  patented… View Article
2 PACE Patients Hit the News….

2 PACE Patients Hit the News….

We’re grateful to Scott Richardson from PACE Rehabilitation for sending the following articles. PACE have excelled themselves recently and this is just an example of what amputees have been able to achieve recently with their help and expertise. ************************************* Amputee Bobby Griffin Carries the Olympic Flame Remarkably, just twenty months after his elective leg amputation… View Article
In Florida, Amputees Find Normal Life on the Golf Course

In Florida, Amputees Find Normal Life on the Golf Course

They’ve lost limbs and earned Purple Hearts for their service. Now an academy in Tampa is helping them regain what they want most: an everyday existence. His 12-foot putt trickles past the cup, a late break in the green dipping the ball to the right. It’s a hazy, slightly windy Friday morning on the first… View Article
A Prosthetic Leg is available if somebody can make use of it

A Prosthetic Leg is available if somebody can make use of it

We have had a very kind offer from a supporter whose husband had to undergo an amputation and then, sadly, suffered a stroke before being able to make use of his prosthetic leg. His widow is very kindly offering the leg to anyone who might benefit from it so, if you know of anyone, do… View Article
A Prosthetic Leg is available to someone who could make use of it

A Prosthetic Leg is available to someone who could make use of it

We have had a very kind offer from a supporter whose husband had to undergo an amputation and then, sadly, suffered a stroke before being able to make use of his prosthetic leg. His widow is very kindly offering the leg to anyone who might benefit from it so, if you know of anyone, do… View Article
New York anti-obesity ads pair soda, leg amputations

New York anti-obesity ads pair soda, leg amputations

(Reuters) – A diabetic man with a penchant for sugary drinks who lost his legs to amputation is the latest posterboy in the city health department’s hard-hitting anti-obesity campaign. The disturbing image of an amputee sitting near cups of soda was plastered in city subways on Monday, part of a series of ads aimed at… View Article
Frostbite can lead to gangrene and amputation. Some tips…

Frostbite can lead to gangrene and amputation. Some tips…

Seasonal tips from The Mirror in case the foretold cold snap hits us. Frostbite occurs after ­exposure to extreme cold, when the blood flow to the exposed area stops and the affected area of skin becomes frozen. Is it serious? Yes, and it should be treated as an emergency, but there’s a first-aid routine you… View Article
How donated tissue saved a woman’s leg

How donated tissue saved a woman’s leg

From JS Online The gift of donated human tissue meant that Susan Cossabone was able to avoid leg amputation and return to her passion of horseback riding following a devastating accident. Cossabone will join 27 other float riders from around the country Jan. 2 on the Donate Life float in the Tournament of Roses Parade…. View Article

Group of Soldiers Including 4 Amputees Takes on Rehab Rowing Challenge

Soldiers injured by roadside bombs in Afghanistan take on rehab rowing voyage to the Caribbean By SIMON TOMLINSON A group of British servicemen, including four amputees, will tomorrow embark on a gruelling challenge to row the Atlantic. The six-man team – of whom four lost limbs during service in Iraq or Afghanistan – will leave La… View Article
How phantom limb forms? It depends on nerves!

How phantom limb forms? It depends on nerves!

Melbourne, Dec 3 (PTI) How a phantom limb forms depends on how the nerves are stimulated during amputation or injury, a new study has claimed. A person is said to have a “phantom limb” when he or she continues to perceive sensations in limb even when the body part is no longer there, such as… View Article

Rebel Libyan soldier’s NHS amputation

By Neil Bowdler Health reporter, BBC News Mahran Agil, 30, used to work in a perfume shop. In his spare time, he loved buying, breeding and selling pigeons. Then the uprising against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi began and he was catapulted into a bloody civil war. “Gaddafi was killing the people of my country. I had… View Article

Kenyan runner has feet amputated after being caught in US snow storm

A long distance runner who spent more than two days in freezing winter temperatures without winter gear has had his feet amputated just above the ankles. Marko Cheseto, 28, is one of several Kenyan runners who competed for the University of Alaska Anchorage in cross-country and track. The amputations were reported on Monday on the… 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
Pentagon Regrowing Soldiers’ Muscles From Pig Cells

Pentagon Regrowing Soldiers’ Muscles From Pig Cells

By Katie Drummond      November 9, 2011  | A few pig cells, a single surgery and a rigorous daily workout: They’re the three ingredients that patients will need to re-grow fresh, functional slabs of their own muscle, courtesy of Pentagon-backed science that’s already being used to rebuild parts of people. Photo: courtesy of McGowan Institute for… View Article

AGAINST ALL ODDS-U.S. Paralympic Ski Team member, amputee speaks to students

By Beena Raghavendran From participating in the U.S. Paralympic Ski Team to writing a best-selling memoir, Josh Sundquist hasn’t let the amputation of his left leg define his life. At the age of 9, Sundquist was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer, which caused the need for an amputation. While doctors predicted he had… 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

Amputee, Adam Starr, returns to the gym. See his film and be inspired.

MANKATO — From a young age, Adam Starr was always the kid you immediately liked and wanted your own kid to be around. As a state-placing diver at Mankato West High School in 2007-08, Starr showed his poise and acrobatic skills, along with an infectious smile, optimism and humility. It’s a personality that’s served him… 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 – A better outcome looks likely for little Xiang Weiyi

WENZHOU, July 26 (Xinhua) — A two-year-eight-month-old girl rescued 21 hours after a deadly high-speed train crash in east China probably will not lose her left leg, said her doctor Tuesday. “Currently, the hospital doesn’t intend to perform an amputation,” said Chen Xinglong, who is in charge of the girl’s treatment at the No. 2… 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

American Amputee Soldier’s Story of Determination

For America’s wounded soldiers the battles continue even though they’re thousands of miles removed from the front. Sgt. Shaun Tichenor, 32, a graduate of Staples-Motley High School, is currently rehabilitating at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C., after stepping on an improvised explosive device last spring in Afghanistan and undergoing a leg amputation in June…. 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
One-legged man ‘uses 11-year-old boy as clutch’

One-legged man ‘uses 11-year-old boy as clutch’

A one-legged South African man has been banned from driving after he was caught using his 11-year-old son to operate the clutch in his car. A one-legged South African man has been found using his 11-year-old to operate the clutch in his car. The 39-year-old motorist – who had a leg amputation in 1996 after… View Article
Army Surgeon Develops Prosthetic Leg for Afghan IED Victims

Army Surgeon Develops Prosthetic Leg for Afghan IED Victims

Advances in prosthetics have greatly reduced the debilitating effects of losing a limb for people in the developed world, but in Afghanistan, a country with one of the highest amputation rates, sustainable technology like this is rare. Combined Task Force Spartan Soldiers developed a simple and easily reproduced prototype prosthetic leg for victims of improvised… View Article
Woman Awarded £75,000 Compensation Following Amputation

Woman Awarded £75,000 Compensation Following Amputation

Author: Alan • Monday, July 18th, 2011 Failings at a Croydon Hospital which led to a woman having to suffer a limb amputation, has resulted in a successful £75,000 medical negligence compensation claim. The woman, who has not been named, was admitted to the Croydon University Hospital, suffering with pains in her leg and an… View Article
Quadruple Amputee Veteran Receives New Home

Quadruple Amputee Veteran Receives New Home

On the morning of Easter Sunday 2009, Army Specialist Brendan Marracco’s vehicle was hit by an Explosive Fired Projectile as he returned to his base in Iraq. Two years later and after several surgeries resulting in the amputation of both arms and legs, Marracco is the first quadruple amputee to survive the war and is… 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

Carmel Valley resident who lost limbs to bacterial meningitis will be recognized at Victories of Spirit

By Catherine Kolonko Bacterial meningitis caused Kyla Winters of Carmel Valley to lose both her legs to amputation but she can walk again and still considers herself lucky. In the summer of 2009, she was with a group of friends when she suddenly felt awful and told them to get her to a hospital, quick…. 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
From America-National program inspiring amputees

From America-National program inspiring amputees

By: Erin Clarke Becoming an amputee is a traumatic experience and a national program wants to show people who have lost limbs that life isn’t over after their surgery. As YNN’s Erin Clarke tells us, Amputee Empowerment Partners is inspiring those people to embrace their new life and focus on the future. EAST SYRACUSE, N.Y. —… View Article

Paralympics-Oscar Pistorius aims to take his inspiring tale to Olympian heights

The South African, known as the ‘Blade Runner’, is hoping to educate people about disability while continuing his journey to the London 2012 Games A lean and sculpted Oscar Pistorius politely pushes aside a breakfast basket piled high with croissants and pastries. He stretches out his legs for the day and gazes at the London… View Article
Amputee Ken Green is back in the swing of pro golf at Senior PGA Championship-‘Inspirational’ fits him to a tee

Amputee Ken Green is back in the swing of pro golf at Senior PGA Championship-‘Inspirational’ fits him to a tee

Ken Green has been called a lot of things in his professional golf career, but “inspirational” has rarely been at the top of the list. That’s where the feisty iconoclast finds himself these days, though, when he straps on his prosthetic right leg and competes in senior competition — including this week’s 72nd Senior PGA… View Article
Alyssia Crook doing well after her surgery

Alyssia Crook doing well after her surgery

The inspirational story of Alyssia Crook has captured the hearts of West Michigan and, along the way, has gained worldwide attention. After years of what seemed like endless procedures, the Hudsonville teenager surrendered a portion of her left leg to amputation last Thursday. Alyssia was a few weeks shy of her 13th birthday when she… 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
Lakeland Teen Injured in Watercraft Crash Has Setback

Lakeland Teen Injured in Watercraft Crash Has Setback

Zoe Gibbs, the Lakeland teenager whose lower left leg was severed in a watercraft collision April 24 on Lake Gibson, faces further amputation because of a persistent infection. Zoe, 14, received a muscle graft on the wound site last week. Doctors at Tampa General Hospital discovered Wednesday that the implanted muscle, taken from under her… 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
Bone donors help those with bone cancer and may avoid amputation

Bone donors help those with bone cancer and may avoid amputation

2,300 cases of bone cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States. Although it’s relatively rare, treatment for this cancer can involve disfiguring surgery to remove large areas of tissue, and in severe cases, even amputation. Now, a donor bone gave one young girl a new leg and new hope for an active life…. 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

Man CHOOSES to have his hand amputated saying he would rather have a bionic one

A man has chosen to have his hand cut off so that he can have a bionic arm fitted after he lost use of it in a motorbike accident. The 26-year-old, a Serbian living in Austria known only as Milo, was severely injured in the collision in which he also hurt his leg and shoulder…. View Article

Auxiliary President meets amputee serviceman and his Canine Companion for Independence

Proving that dogs can certainly be man’s best friend! Fallbrook Post 1924 VFW Ladies Auxiliary is the proud sponsor of wounded serviceman Bren Denney and his Canine Companion for Independence, Stefano. Denney has served in the U.S. Navy for 22 years, doing three tours of duty. In 2008, he had a 30-foot fall while on… View Article
From AccessLegal-Some advice on legal aspects of amputation

From AccessLegal-Some advice on legal aspects of amputation

Suffering an amputation injury following an accident is life changing, and trying to get your health and life back on track can be daunting. How long will your claim take? “You only have one opportunity to settle a personal injury claim” Richard Brett, Team Leader Suffering an amputation injury following an accident is life changing,… 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
Swim star pursues Olympic dream despite amputation

Swim star pursues Olympic dream despite amputation

STORY HIGHLIGHTS Swimmer Natalie du Toit is the first female amputee to ever compete at the Olympics She’s won gold medals at the Paralympics and the Commonwealth Games South African du Toit plans to retire after the London 2012 Olympic Games Every week CNN International’s African Voices highlights Africa’s most engaging personalities, exploring the lives… View Article
Insertion Of A Stent May Save From Leg Amputation

Insertion Of A Stent May Save From Leg Amputation

When angioplasty fails, patients with sober unimportant arterial complaint may now have another option propafenone hcl sr 325mg. A drug-releasing stent placed in the blocked artery below the knee might re-establish blood flow, original investigation shows. Critical limb ischemia, the most bitter envision of unessential arterial disease (PAD), causes more than 100000 lap amputations in… 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

6-legged “Lambo” doing well after amputation

A super lamb born with six legs on a farm at Aughagowla, Fahy, near Westport, has had two of them successfully amputated. Castlebar veterinary surgeon George O’Malley confirmed to The Connaught Telegraph that ‘Lambo’, as he is nicknamed, is doing very well. It was the first time Mr. O’Malley, who has been practicing for over 40… View Article
Matthew Fink: No arms, no legs – an inspiration

Matthew Fink: No arms, no legs – an inspiration

Matthew Fink, from Minnesota, was born without a spleen. This led to a massive Septis infection that required the amputation of his legs and his arms below the elbow. Against seemingly overwhelming odds, Matthew has gone on to become an honors high school graduate and is one of 100 Thomas Watson Fellowship winners in the… 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
Doctors Stretch Teen's Cancer-Stricken Leg 11 Inches

Doctors Stretch Teen's Cancer-Stricken Leg 11 Inches

A 14-year-old boy can look forward to a healthy, active life, thanks to a remarkable two-year procedure by an Australian medical team, which saved his leg from amputation. The bone growth procedure, performed by an expert limb reconstruction team at Brisbane’s Royal Children’s Hospital, added 11 inches to the leg of Simeon Fairburn, after surgeons… 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
RACE – Running to Beat Cancer, In Memory of a Fighter

RACE – Running to Beat Cancer, In Memory of a Fighter

Canadian Terrance Stanley Fox, better known as Terry Fox, a young student from Winnipeg, lost his right leg to bone cancer when he was just 18. He went on to defy odds and expectations by running a marathon to bring awareness to the fight against cancer 30 years ago. His tale continues to echo around… 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

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
Could stem cells save legs?

Could stem cells save legs?

Seventy-six-year-old Christina McDonald’s biggest threat comes from something she can’t see, only feel. “It’s something like a Charlie horse, where the muscles stiffen up,” she said. She has peripheral arterial disease – PAD. The arteries in her leg are clogged with plaque, putting her at risk for heart attack, stroke and amputation.  The usual treatments… 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
The Use of Prolonged Peripheral Neural Blockade After Lower Extremity Amputation: The Effect on Symptoms Associated with Phantom Limb Syndrome.

The Use of Prolonged Peripheral Neural Blockade After Lower Extremity Amputation: The Effect on Symptoms Associated with Phantom Limb Syndrome.

Authors: Borghi B, D’Addabbo M, White PF, Gallerani P, Toccaceli L, Raffaeli W, Tognù A, Fabbri N, Mercuri M Background: Phantom limb syndrome (PLS) is common after limb amputations, involving up to 90% of amputees. Although many different therapies have been evaluated, none has been found to be highly effective. Therefore, we evaluated the efficacy… 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

No Arms, No Legs, No Problem for English Channel Swimmer

How’s this for an inspirational story? A fantastic achievement, Philippe, you have the Bader spirit in spades. Your courage will inspire many – amputees and non-amputees alike. Frenchman Philippe Croizon, who lost both arms and legs in an electrical accident in 1994, successfully swam across the English Channel yesterday in just under 14 hours, using a… View Article
Some Information on Bone Cancer and Amputation

Some Information on Bone Cancer and Amputation

(Article taken from Health-Bar.net) Misunderstanding 1: Osteosarcoma is a malignant tumor At present, many primary care doctors and even family members of patients still think that osteosarcoma is a malignant tumor, osteosarcoma cannot rule won. Indeed, malignant bone tumor treatment, orthopedic treatment is always a more difficult problem. However, in the past 30 years, due to the application… View Article
Innovative Surgery Which May Help to Prevent Amputation

Innovative Surgery Which May Help to Prevent Amputation

A Mesa physicians group and Banner Heart Hospital are testing a new surgical procedure to improve blood flow and prevent amputations in patients with leg arteries that are blocked because of poor circulation. The surgery is for patients with a health condition known as critical limb ischemia, or poor leg circulation. Most patients with this… View Article
Leg prosthetics give horses a chance at normal life

Leg prosthetics give horses a chance at normal life

After receiving a severe cut on one of her hind legs, and subsequent laminitis and a bone infection on the other hind foot, the owners of Cheyenne feared the worst for the Buckskin mare who makes her home in Elizabeth, Colo. But thanks to Wyoming Veterinarian Ted Vlahos, Cheyenne’s infected leg was successfully amputated and… View Article
Three faint after watching horrific arm amputation scene in Danny Boyle's latest film

Three faint after watching horrific arm amputation scene in Danny Boyle's latest film

Three people fainted and one person had a seizure after watching a horrific arm amputation scene in Oscar winner, Danny Boyle’s, latest film, 127 Hours. Click HERE to see the article with a pretty action-packed trailer.
The cruel cost of ignoring diabetes: Jane lost an arm and two legs to the disease because, like so many, she didn't take it seriously

The cruel cost of ignoring diabetes: Jane lost an arm and two legs to the disease because, like so many, she didn't take it seriously

Six years ago, Jane Knight was just another of Britain’s army of multi-tasking women: a devoted wife and mother who frantically balanced looking after her family, including an autistic son, with her work as a complimentary therapist. But today, the 47 year-old is a triple amputee, having undergone operations to remove both her legs and… 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
Counselor finds Haitians resilient in face of disaster

Counselor finds Haitians resilient in face of disaster

The devastating 7.0 earthquake that shook Haiti on Jan. 12 took the lives of thousands and left millions homeless. What most saw through the eyes of the media, North Side resident and counselor Rick Kienholz experienced first hand during two trips this year to the region helping survivors cope. “I was deeply touched by their amazing… 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
Doctor helps patients keep their limbs

Doctor helps patients keep their limbs

Dr. Mica Murdoch had been with Broadlawns Medical Center’s foot and ankle surgery department for about a year before being named the director of the Amputation Prevention Center earlier this summer. The center includes four doctors who use conservative and surgical treatments to help roughly 1,100 patients a year, in addition to providing education and… View Article

Golf as a Rehabilitative Tool for Amputees

The National Amputee Golf Association announced this year that it was opening its national championships to men and women with disabilities other than a major joint amputation. Blind golfers and golfers with various physical challenges or mobility limitations can now compete as associate members of the amputee association. The national championship and senior championship are… 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
Amputee Games 2010 – Date and Press Release

Amputee Games 2010 – Date and Press Release

The weekend for the next Amputee Games has been announced. It will be held on the 14th-15th August at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. As before, The Games is aimed at primary amputees (people who have undergone an amputation within the last 1-4 years)  and will give them an opportunity to experience a wide variety of sports,… 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
Army super-gym and regional rehabilitation centre for injured servicemen

Army super-gym and regional rehabilitation centre for injured servicemen

This is “old” news from December 2009 but we’ve only just come across it and thought it was worth publishing as an example of what positive things can be achieved when money, will and effort come together. Thanks to Leggz for sending it in. What a fantastic difference this centre must already be making to… View Article
Sangin veteran grapples with losing a limb following Afghan tour injuries

Sangin veteran grapples with losing a limb following Afghan tour injuries

Of the 314 British service personnel to have died in Afghanistan, 101 were killed in Helmand’s most deadly district. In the week that British forces announced their withdrawal from the area, one injured soldier tells his story Captain Anthony Harris of A Company, 2nd Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, who was injured when the… View Article
Latest Press Release from Team Anglia GB

Latest Press Release from Team Anglia GB

The latest Newsletter from Team Anglia GB. Please do support this excellent organisation if you can and, if you can’t get involved yourself, please spread the word to those who might be interested. If you have any queries, please contact Simon Johnston via the Website below. http://www.teamanglia.ukcentre.com Press Release 5th July 2010 Please note that… View Article
Latest Press Release from Team Anglia

Latest Press Release from Team Anglia

The latest Newsletter from Team Anglia GB. Please do support this excellent organisation if you can and, if you can’t get involved yourself, please spread the word to those who might be interested. If you have any queries, please contact Simon Johnston via the Website below. http://www.teamanglia.ukcentre.com Press Release 5th July 2010 Please note that… View Article
Cure For Breast Cancer Could Be Without Amputation Of The Breast

Cure For Breast Cancer Could Be Without Amputation Of The Breast

Breast cancer – is the most frequent form of cancer among women, accounting for about 19% of all malignant tumors. The likelihood of cancer increases with age; about 4% of patients were women younger than 30 years. The highest death rate from this disease is usually between the ages of 40-50 years. A male breast… 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
Surge in war amputees drives improved prosthetic research

Surge in war amputees drives improved prosthetic research

By LJ Anderson – Daily News Columnist Research scientist Richard Weir likes to build things — including artificial hands and arms — and if he succeeds over time, those who have lost a limb will have a better quality of life because of his efforts. Some of those who may benefit include the more than 1,000… 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
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