Amplified - News from Limbs 4 Life, Autumn 2016
Artlimb.com is a non-profit, independent project dedicated to sharing knowledge and discussing information about artificial limbs, and in this article we explain Osseointegration in simple words.
Osseointegration is a direct structural and functional connection between living bone and the surface of a load carrying implant. This implant is inserted into the bone during a surgical operation.
Full Article: Osseointegration: The general idea
The Times, 18 January 2016
A soldier who lost his legs to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan has been able to walk for the first time in a year after mortgaging his home to fund prosthetic limbs.
Clive Smith, from Cannock, Staffordshire, stepped on an improvised explosive device in 2010. He said that he mortgaged his home when the Department of Health refused to offer help. He paid £90,000 for a trip Australia for pioneering surgery to fit titanium implants, supported by the charity Help for Heroes. Less than a fortnight after the surgery, on January 5, he is walking again. He said: "To have had the operation so quickly and to now be up and about on the limbs is amazing."
Full Article: Veteran walks after mortgaging home to pay for limbs
IBTimes, 28 December 2015
Clive Smith is a war hero who lost both his legs in an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in Afghanistan. Sadly, he is now forced to remortgage his home to raise enough funds to pay for a reconstructive surgery in Australia.
In Australia, he will be operated upon by doctor Munjed Al Muderis – a refugee from Iraq – who felt that he was indebted to soldiers like Smith who have fought to rid the world of terrorism. In a statement, Al Muderis said: "These young British soldiers were sent to help Iraq and Afghanistan stand on their own two feet and were met with terrorism. I feel ashamed of that. The very least I can do is say sorry by helping them get their mobility back."
Daily Mail, 28 December 2015
Clive Smith wants to pay for pioneering artificial limb surgery in Australia.
A soldier who lost his legs to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan says he has been forced to mortgage his home to fund new prosthetic limbs after a 12-month wait on the NHS.
The surgeon who will perform Mr Smith's operation is an Iraqi who fled Saddam Hussein's brutal regime.
Dr Munjed Al Muderis, 42, said: 'These young British soldiers were sent to help Iraq and Afghanistan stand on their own two feet and were met with terrorism. I feel ashamed of that.
'The very least I can do is say sorry by helping them get their mobility back.'
The charity Help for Heroes is funding Mr Smith and his girlfriend to fly out to Australia and cover their expenses during what is likely to be a two-month stay.
A grateful New Zealand woman has been given a second chance with new prosthetic legs provided by a surgeon who knows how important second chances are after he fled war-ravaged Iraq to Australia as a refugee.
Seven Sharp reports this Christmas is going to be very special for Penny Gifkins who had struggled with old, less than ideal prosthetic legs after her own legs were amputated six years ago having been ravaged by meningitis.
With no ACC funding for her to have better prosthetics, Ms Gifkins started fundraising to get them herself, Kiwis contributing $40,000.
In Sydney, meanwhile, her surgeon Dr Munjed Al Muderis has been putting aside his own difficulties so others like Ms Gifkins can get a better life.
SBS, 6 January 2016
Sydney-based doctor Munjed Al Muderis arrived in Australia by boat after being forced to flee Iraq for refusing to amputate the ears of Iraqi draft evaders in 1999.
Sydney-based doctor Munjed Al Muderis is a pioneering surgeon giving amputees the ability to walk.
He is also a refugee. He arrived in Australia by boat after being forced to flee Iraq for refusing to amputate the ears of Iraqi draft evaders in 1999.
In SBS's continuing First Day series, Dr Muderis remembers the day he was released from immigration detention.
"My name is Munjed Al Muderis. I'm 43. And I arrived in Australia illegally in 1999 on a boat."
Dr Munjed Al Muderis, that is. He fled Iraq, he says, as a 27-year-old after soldiers stormed the Baghdad hospital where he worked.
Full Article: First Day: Dr Munjed Al Muderis
The Independant, 14 December 2015
British soldiers who have lost their legs in battle are set to benefit from a life-changing operation to get them walking again which is being led by an Iraqi surgeon inspired by the first Terminator film.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is spending £2m on trials that will begin next year and involve 20 amputees who will have a procedure known as direct skeletal fixation, or osseointegration.
The technique does away with the need for traditional prosthetics, as a titanium implant is fitted directly into the bone and an artificial leg connected to it. It is a significant departure from the current approach, used for hundreds of years, of fitting a socket on to a stump.
Dr Munjed Al Muderis, an Iraqi-born orthopaedic surgeon based in Sydney, is a world expert in the technique, having carried out more than 180 operations.
The Gazette, 7 December 2015
A Tiverton woman who had her leg amputated after a motorcycle accident in which her husband was killed has had a state-of-the-art prosthetic limb fitted in Australia.
A life has been transformed for good thanks to pioneering new surgery that is benefitting hundreds of amputees around the globe.
Double amputee, Caroline Rutley-Frayne, 46, was just one of those who are getting used to a new way of walking after heading down under for an operation which has replaced the socket on her right leg with an implant.
Caroline lost her right leg and arm when she was a passenger during a motorbike accident on 10 November 2008. As well as her own serious injuries the accident on the A396 in Rewe proved fatal for her husband Simon who was aged just 39.
A trial followed the accident and a man was sentenced to two years for causing death by dangerous driving after it was found he was driving on the wrong side of the road when the collision with Simon's Triumph Tiger occurred.