Losing your mind about losing a limb

Xenomelia, or foreign limb syndrome, is a condition where an otherwise healthy person has the dysphoric feeling that one of their limbs does not belong to them. This condition is also characterised by the intense desire to amputate the healthy limb. I’m sure many of us sometimes stare at ourselves...

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No Kidding

Being a parent is hard enough, but being a parent to a child amputee is a whole new challenge. Here are some pointers for parents As prosthetists, our expertise lies in treating patients who have lost a limb. Often we are faced with parents who are in just as much...

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Dead weight

There are various ways to deal with disabling physical trauma to an arm. An injury to where the primary nerves of the arm have been severed results in a condition known as a ‘flail arm’. It’s a complete lack of mobility and sensation of the arm. An injury that causes...

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Life over limb

Deciding whether to amputate a limb is very traumatic, but when the choice between life and limb arises, the decision usually makes itself. Heinrich GRIMSEHL reports. One of our most energetic patients, Lynn Bepat, is a bilateral below-knee amputee and thankful to be alive. Early in 2012 she consulted doctors...

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Double jeopardy

When diabetes and prosthetics combine to present a two-pronged challenge, it takes a hero to fight back. Diagnosed at an early age with type 1 diabetes, Pravin Bhana is one of our most inspirational patients. He thought, growing up, that he had already faced the greatest challenge to his health,...

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Outhunt, outplay, outlast

Hunting, hiking, shooting – there was nothing to daunt this group from taking part in the activities on offer Everything about the morning of June 28 suggested that we should just stay in bed. However, not even the freezing cold, the early-morning hour or the long road ahead could keep...

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