Tag Archive: amputees

Volunteers needed for developing+testing handicap-adapted 2-wheel motorcycle

Volunteers needed for developing+testing handicap-adapted 2-wheel motorcycle

We’ve heard from Pete Tomkins that his company is looking for people to test a product that could enable people – amputees or otherwise – without the use of their legs, to use a motorbike more easily. Please see his message below and, if you’d like to take part in this trial for something that… View Article
We're back! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We're back! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR READERS! We’re delighted to be back in action following the Christmas and New Year break. We hope you all had a very happy time and have survived the worst the weather can throw at us so far this year. Our sympathy to those who have been affected by the… View Article
Less Than a Week to Tandem Challenge Wales – Not too late to support them! (With BLOG by Wyn Jenkins)

Less Than a Week to Tandem Challenge Wales – Not too late to support them! (With BLOG by Wyn Jenkins)

On Friday 12th May, two Douglas Bader Foundation Ambassadors, Margaret Biggs (aka Leggz of LimbLine) and Wyn Jenkins, both lower limb amputees, will set off on the start of a 200-mile Tandem Challenge down the vertical axis of Wales. They will be riding a tandem kindly provided by County Cycles of Llanelli, Wales, who will… View Article
Last chance to take part in valuable LA Research Project

Last chance to take part in valuable LA Research Project

The Limbless Association (LA) Research Project is closing at the end of this month so this is your last chance to have your say. Please fill in the form as your input to this project could ultimately be of benefit to all amputees and those with congenital limb loss. It will only take a few… View Article
News from the Disabled Golf Society

News from the Disabled Golf Society

We were contacted by Graeme Robertson, National Events Co-Ordinator for the Disabled Golf Society. His article below should remind those of you who may need reminding about both the pleasure of golf and the physical and psychological benefits it can offer. Golf was a sport very dear to Sir Douglas’s heart. As he said: “Golf,… View Article

BADER BUS COMPANY Still Running 30 Years On!

HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY TO THE DOUGLAS BADER FOUNDATION! (Sadly, due to computer problems, published a day late!) Sir Douglas died in September 1982 and, following literally sackfulls of letters from amputees and other disabled he’d visited and inspired over the years, begging his family not to let his inspiration die with him, the Douglas Bader… View Article
Inaugural Primary and Junior Amputee Games!

Inaugural Primary and Junior Amputee Games!

“LimbPower Launches Junior Games at Stoke Mandeville Stadium 15th/16th September 2012″ Following the success of The Amputee Games, now well-established and an important and respected date in the amputee community calendar, LimbPower is launching the Primary and Junior Games. This will take place on the 15th/16th September and Stoke Mandeville Stadium, birthplace of the Paralympics. Here,… 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

LimbPower Junior Games at Stoke Mandeville

LimbPower Launches Junior Games at Stoke Mandeville Stadium – 15th/16th September 2012 Following the huge success of the Amputee Games, LimbPower are excited to announce the dates of the inaugural Primary & Junior Games at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, birthplace of the Paralympics.  This exciting event will introduce young amputees and the young ambulant disabled to… View Article

Please join in our 30th Anniversary Celebrations

Sir Douglas Bader died on the 5th September 1982. Following literally hundreds of letters from people he’d helped and inspired begging us not to let his name or inspiration die with him, his family and friends formed The Douglas Bader Foundation to continue in his spirit. Since that time we have helped numerous amputees, those… View Article
GOLF – First Swing Clinic at the SDGP – Enter here

GOLF – First Swing Clinic at the SDGP – Enter here

News from the Scottish Disability Golf Partnership (SDGP): The Scottish Disability Golf Partnership – (SDGP) – “The Scottish Disability Golf Partnership is governed and operated by disabled people and is the only group in Scotland which actively encourages and involves anyone of any age, with a disability, serious health problem or mobility issue and their… View Article
Cycle to Support the Douglas Bader Foundation – Team DBF Velo is underway

Cycle to Support the Douglas Bader Foundation – Team DBF Velo is underway

Two of our new Douglas Bader Foundation Ambassadors, Margaret Biggs (Maggz) a b/k amputee, and Wyn Jenkins an a/k amputee, are cycling enthusiasts who already have quite a few thousand miles – and the occasional sore bottom, I’m sure – under their belts. They are very keen to get a DBF Cycling Team together in… View Article
DBF Starts 2012 on a High Note

DBF Starts 2012 on a High Note

THE Douglas Bader Foundation is going into 2012, the year of what will be our 30th Anniversary, on a high note. Not only have we been in existence now for almost 30 years following the charity’s inception after the death of Sir Douglas, 30 years ago in September this year (no mean feat for a… View Article
Revolutionary Sporting Device for Amputees – American creator coming to the UK.

Revolutionary Sporting Device for Amputees – American creator coming to the UK.

The inventor (and user) of a revolutionary prosthetic device, which provides the opportunity to transform the sporting capabilities of a person who has lost their leg above the knee, comes to the UK next week. The first British users of the Bartlett Tendon (including GB Paralympian John McFall) will meet, share their experiencesand learn from itscreator,Brian… View Article
Amputees are given a Wii helping hand

Amputees are given a Wii helping hand

Published Date: 09 February 2010 A COMPUTER game is helping amputees to programme their recovery. Two Nintendo Wii Fits have been donated to the amputee rehabilitation physiotherapy service at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, by the family of Garry Fraser who was killed in a road accident last year. Mr Fraser was a keen supporter of the… View Article

Unnecessary Amputations performed in Haiti?

by Gallia Watch (by Tiberge) “To help you stay au courant of what French patriots are doing and saying in this time of turmoil and loss of nationhood. This website is for those with a limited knowledge of French and a boundless interest in saving European cultures from extinction.” On Wednesday I received the following… View Article

Food for thought…Artificial-Limb Envy?

About Idea of the Day “Idea of the Day” is a blog by Tom Kuntz and other editors of the Week in Review highlighting the most interesting writing we’ve come across lately on the Web. We’re generalists, so consider this a thinking person’s grazing buffet.Today’s idea: Technology and the marketplace have transformed the artificial limb from… 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

"BADER BRAVES" IS HERE!!!

JOIN THE TRIBE!! 2010 is the Centenary Year of the birth of Sir Douglas Bader and a very important year for the Douglas Bader Foundation… Today we are very proud to be able to announce our brand new initiative: BADER BRAVES Was created as a joint acknowledgement of  SIR DOUGLAS BADER‘s honourary Chieftainship of a… View Article
PLEASE HELP – LAST CHANCE!!: Traumatic Amputees needed to help with Research

PLEASE HELP – LAST CHANCE!!: Traumatic Amputees needed to help with Research

THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO HELP DAVID GLADWELL WITH HIS RESEARCH SO IF YOU FEEL YOU HAVE INFORMATION THAT COULD HELP HIM WITH HIS IMPORTANT STUDY, HE’D BE DELIGHTED TO HEAR FROM YOU. David Gladwell, a retired lawyer and a BACP qualified counsellor, is currently doing an MSc in counselling. He is looking to… View Article
Diane Mulligan to receive OBE for work with amputees

Diane Mulligan to receive OBE for work with amputees

Diane Mulligan A Seaford mother who helped to set up a support group for amputees and people with limb loss is to receive the OBE, To read more please click on the following link: http://www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/seaford/Seaford-mum-receives-new-years.5958861.jp And click here to visit the Website for the Support Group that Diane helped to set up. www.sussexamputeesupport.co.uk (Thanks to… View Article
Added control for amputees

Added control for amputees

8 December 2009 | By Ellie Zolfagharifard Researchers at Bradford University are working on a two-year project to examine the extent to which sensory feedback affects the performance of artificial limbs. The project, starting in February 2010, is hoped to lead to a better understanding of problems associated with existing prosthetic design and lead to… View Article
Calling potential competitors for the 2012 Paralympics

Calling potential competitors for the 2012 Paralympics

We have received this invitation from the aptly-named PACE Rehabilitation. If you fit the criteria below you’ve got nothing to lose by following the link for what could be a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of the ParalympicGB Team for 2012. ************************************************************* Do you have: An impairment? A UK passport? A sporting… View Article

Half the body. Twice the man?

Amputee Peng Shuilin opens bargain supermarket called Half Man-Half Price Store From: The Daily Telegraph (Austrailia) November 17, 2009 8:09AM A MAN who had half his body amputated after being run over by a truck has not only recovered but opened his own bargain supermarket – called the Half Man-Half Price Store. Inspiration for amputees… View Article
More on the "SmartHand"

More on the "SmartHand"

Here is more on the “SmartHand”, the amazing “sensitive” prosthetic hand that we featured on the 21st October: blog/2009/10/21/robotic-hand-that-feels/ You can see a video clip on the link below the story. Clearly a fantastic breakthrough but I wonder how much one of these will cost!! ************************************************* London, England (CNN) — Researchers are working on a… View Article
Bionic Phantom Arms – a possible cure for phantom pain?

Bionic Phantom Arms – a possible cure for phantom pain?

London, Oct 28 (ANI): Bionic phantom arms not only make amputees sense the presence of a new limb, but can also provide them with amazing flexibility that could make their body attain anatomically impossible shapes, says a new study. With practice, people with lost limbs could even learn to envisage their bodies as having changed… View Article
Calls for Jimmy Carr to quit after joke on forces' amputees

Calls for Jimmy Carr to quit after joke on forces' amputees

By Victoria Ward 26/10/2009 A former Army commander yesterday called for Jimmy Carr to quit for making fun of soldiers who have lost limbs. Patrick Mercer, Conservative MP and chairman of the Commons subcommittee on terrorism, said certain subjects should be instinctively “off limits” for stand-up comics. Carr told a 2,500-strong audience at the Manchester… View Article
Prostheses that work like real limbs…

Prostheses that work like real limbs…

A doctor posed a simple question to Army Maj. A.J. Tong during his recovery from severe injuries in Iraq. “What do you want to do?” the doctor asked. “Everything I did before,” Tong recalls responding. Life had irrevocably changed for Tong, 33, who lives in Yelm. An especially lethal kind of roadside bomb hit him… View Article
Robotic hand that feels

Robotic hand that feels

The first robotic hand that gives amputees a sense of touch has been developed by Swedish scientists. The Smarthand contains 40 sensors that are activated when pressed against an object. The sensors stimulate nerves in the arm which then activate the appropriate part of the patient’s brain, allowing them to “feel” objects they are holding…. View Article

It's Raining Amputees! PACE Rehabilitation charity sky dive

It’s Raining Amputees Watch the You Tube film by clicking HERE A group of amputees took to the skies overhead in Nottinghamshire this week, in a charity tandem sky dive. The idea was conceived when a patient at PACE Rehabilitation in Chesham, Bucks casually mentioned to his prosthetist, Jamie Gillespie, that he had always wanted… View Article
It's Raining Amputees…PACE Rehabilitation charity sky dive

It's Raining Amputees…PACE Rehabilitation charity sky dive

It’s Raining Amputees Watch the You Tube film by clicking HERE A group of amputees took to the skies overhead in Nottinghamshire this week, in a charity tandem sky dive. The idea was conceived when a patient at PACE Rehabilitation in Chesham, Bucks casually mentioned to his prosthetist, Jamie Gillespie, that he had always wanted… View Article
Can you help? Have you been injured in an accident involving a FORK LIFT TRUCK?

Can you help? Have you been injured in an accident involving a FORK LIFT TRUCK?

AMPUTEE AMBASSADOR WANTED Did you know that there is more than one serious accident per day in the United Kingdom involving Fork Lift Trucks? Were you injured in one? If so, you could really make a difference. David McGuire is currently working on National Fork Lift Truck Safety Week, raising awareness of the dangers of… View Article
New technology lets war vets with amputations get on with their lives

New technology lets war vets with amputations get on with their lives

Comparing Scars Comments (1) Thursday, August 27, 2009 By Laura Bennett Photo Courtesy of The News Journal For Rob Kislow, getting shot was a kind of relief. He remembers a moment of otherworldly calm as the percussive roar of gunfire and the voices of soldiers dissolved into white noise. He blinked back blood. He saw… View Article
Hospitals braced for doubling of Afghan wounded

Hospitals braced for doubling of Afghan wounded

The number of wounded troops being treated in military rehabilitation centres is set to have doubled by the end of this year with Afghanistan enduring its bloodiest period, new figures have shown. Thomas Harding and Aislinn Simpson Published: 7:00AM BST 25 Aug 2009 The news comes amid warnings that the pressure for spaces on the… View Article

New technology lets war vets with amputations get on with their lives

Comparing Scars Comments (1) Thursday, August 27, 2009 By Laura Bennett Photo Courtesy of The News Journal For Rob Kislow, getting shot was a kind of relief. He remembers a moment of otherworldly calm as the percussive roar of gunfire and the voices of soldiers dissolved into white noise. He blinked back blood. He saw… View Article
Douglas Bader – Blue Plaque + Photo collections

Douglas Bader – Blue Plaque + Photo collections

On the 31st May, a glorious sunny Sunday morning I was lucky enough to be part of a select crowd of people associated with Sir Douglas who had gathered outside his old home in Petersham Mews to see an English Heritage Blue Plaque unveiled in his honour by Sir Richard Branson. Douglas and his first… View Article
$20 artificial knee for patients in the developing world

$20 artificial knee for patients in the developing world

Stanford Report, April 15, 2009 $20 artificial knee for patients in the developing world BY EMMANUEL ROMERO Photo: Melanie Worley Kamal used a prosthetic knee joint, developed by Stanford’s JaipurKnee Project team, during prototype testing last August. The knee joint was on display April 8 at the university’s annual Cool Product Expo. Last year Joel… View Article
Skydiving Wounded Veterans Leap for a Cause

Skydiving Wounded Veterans Leap for a Cause

Skydiving wounded veterans take leap for a cause More than a dozen want amputees to know ‘life’s not over’ By ERICKA MELLON    Copyright 2009 Houston Chronicle     March 30, 2009, 6:56AM James Nielsen Chronicle U.S. Army Sgt. John Botts, left, completes a tandem skydive with instructor Ben Morson during the “Wounded Warriors Skydive with Airborne Amputees”… View Article
Wounded Warriors Fish for Recovery

Wounded Warriors Fish for Recovery

Wounded warriors go fishing for recovery MADISON COUNTY, Virginia (CNN) — Amidst the tranquility of a fishing trip at the Rose River Farm in Madison County, a wounded warrior says he almost feels “semi-normal again.” Retired Navy Capt. Ed Nicholson’s Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing helps rehabilitate wounded service members. The amputee is one of… View Article