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  • Heartwarming Photo of Wife Carrying Double-Amputee Marine Husband Goes Viral

    08/27/2013 2:03:16 PM PDT · by austinaero · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | 08/27/13 | Robin Weil
    "Jesse, 28, lost both of his legs in Afghanistan in 2009 after stepping on an IED, which was all caught on video by a fellow marine wearing a helmet camera." The footage was even used in a documentary about Jesse called "Coming Home." "If I hadn't stepped on that IED I wouldn't have met her," Jesse told ABC News. "I wouldn't take it back ever."
  • Marine double-amputee’s treatment on Delta flight angers other vets

    12/14/2012 11:30:35 AM PST · by el_texicano · 29 replies
    Wahsington Post ^ | December 13, 2012 | Annie Groer
    On Dec. 13, 2011, Marine Lance Cpl. Christian Brown was leading his squad on a foot patrol in Afghanistan’s Helmand province when he stepped on an explosive device that blew off both his legs, one above the knee, the other below his hip. He also lost part of his right index finger. Last Sunday, almost exactly a year since those grievous injuries forced him to learn to walk on two successive pairs of prosthetic legs, Brown was “humiliated” to the point of tears on a Delta flight from Atlanta to Washington after being clumsily wheeled to the back row of...
  • Triple-amputee Marine returns to hero's welcome in Tampa

    02/19/2012 6:39:57 PM PST · by rarestia · 10 replies · 1+ views
    BayNews 9 ^ | Sunday, February 19, 2012 | Kristy Wolski
    Cheers erupted inside Tampa International Airport on Sunday as 22-year-old Marine Corporal Mike Nicholson arrived home. Nicholson was on foot patrol in Afghanistan when he lost both legs and part of his left arm in an I.E.D. explosion July 6, 2011. He has been recovering at Bethesda Naval Hospital for months and is now using two prosthetic legs. "It makes it all real, but also makes me really proud that he survived it," Nicholson’s uncle, Jim Hall, said. "He's toughed it out. He’s had great support in Bethesda. I can't say enough about the support here, from the church, to...
  • Amputee Marny Cringle 'growing' new leg

    02/12/2012 10:50:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 2/12/12 | Neil Keene
    For the medical fraternity it is a world-first operation, but for Marny Cringle it is more about the simple things in life. After years of talks with specialists about the practicalities of a prosthetic limb, the 42-year-old has been chosen for a remarkable bionic leg which will fuse on to living muscle and bone to become a natural extension of her body. (Snip) The next step is for surgeons at the Macquarie University Hospital in Sydney to anchor the top part of the bionic leg into her femur, where muscle and bone will gradually grow around it. It will be
  • Handicapped hero gets new state-of-the-art home after losing limbs in army

    07/13/2011 9:45:08 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 5 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | 12 July 2011 | Henrick Karoliszyn and Christina Boyle
    Two years after losing all four limbs in a bomb explosion in Iraq, a Staten Island soldier was finally given the keys to his new, state-of-the-art home yesterday. And he could not stop smiling. Brendan Marrocco beamed with pride as he crossed the threshold into his new abode in Prince's Bay, which has been tailor-made to suit his every need. "It's very overwhelming. The house is amazing," the 24-year-old said. "I can finally just try to live my life like everybody else. I really appreciate this." Marrocco was behind the wheel of an armored vehicle on Easter Sunday 2009 when...
  • Army amputee ejected from roller coaster, dies

    07/09/2011 10:38:50 PM PDT · by Immerito · 37 replies
    MSNBC ^ | July 9, 2011 | NBC News
    A U.S. Army veteran who lost his legs while deployed in Iraq died after he was thrown from a 200-foot-tall roller coaster at an upstate theme park on Friday. James Thomas Hackemer, 29, was ejected from the Ride of Steel roller coaster at the Darien Lake Theme Park Resort, located between Buffalo and Rochester, at about 5:30 p.m., the Genesee County sheriff's office said. The park confirmed a guest "came out of the Ride of Steel roller coaster" and said it was "saddened to report that the guest has passed." Hackemer, of Gowanda, lost his right leg below his knee...
  • Wounded Warrior Indoor Obstacle Course Test (AMAZING VIDEO)

    09/29/2010 1:55:24 PM PDT · by FormerACLUmember · 16 replies
    Click on the YouTube link in next post. There's a guy with no legs and missing an arm who is in better shape than me. Super Heros one and all.
  • Purple Heart vet takes first steps in 27 years

    05/28/2010 2:13:48 AM PDT · by grame · 2 replies · 471+ views
    KHOU.com Houston ^ | May 25, 2010 | Jeremy Desel
    Updated Wednesday, May 26 at 1:15 PM HOUSTON -- A Houston veteran who has been in a wheelchair since 1983, took his first steps in 27 years Tuesday night. "No easy steps. Only hard steps," Harry Shaw said of his life after the Grenada invasion. It is a conflict most have forgotten, but it changed Shaw's life forever. “I was the most serious out of all of the injured in Grenada," Shaw said. He lost both legs. Shaw accepted his fate of life in a wheelchair with courage and grace. "I'm a paratrooper. That's just the way I am. The...
  • Edinger's strength and resolve helped him survive tragic ordeal

    05/09/2010 4:13:41 AM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 1 replies · 372+ views
    mail tribune ^ | 9th May | Paul Fattig
    Liz Edinger will never forget that telephone call, the one dreaded by any worried parent of a uniformed son or daughter in harm's way in Afghanistan or Iraq. "Nick called and asked if I was sitting down," she said. "I sat down, and he said, 'Mom, my left foot is missing.' " "This is six hours after it happened," added Scott Edinger, her husband and Nick's father. "He said, 'I stepped on a land mine but don't worry, I'm going to be fine.' " Army Cpl. Nick Edinger, 22, lost his left foot to an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan...
  • U.S. Marine Becomes First Blind Double Amputee to Re-Enlist (awe-inspiring)

    04/09/2010 9:30:49 PM PDT · by rawhide · 20 replies · 799+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | April 09, 2010
    He has no legs and no eyesight, but Marine Cpl. Matthew Bradford has four more years of military service ahead of him after becoming the first blind double-amputee to re-enlist. The rifleman was injured in January 2007 in Iraq when a roadside bomb exploded right under him, the San Antonio Express-News reported. But after years at the Center for the Intrepid, a privately funded, cutting-edge rehabilitation center, Bradford, 23, has learned to walk with prosthetic limbs and navigate without his vision, and he only regrets that he can’t return to combat duty in Iraq, the paper reported. Instead the Kentucky...
  • Man Accused Of Beating Quadruple Amputee (MN)

    03/26/2010 7:50:57 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 29 replies · 739+ views
    WCCO.com ^ | 3/26/10 | Liz Collin
    A St. Paul man has been charged with beating up a quadruple amputee. The fight reportedly started after she was blocking his view of the television. Jacoby Smith, 37, was charged Friday for beating up a woman and trying to stop her from calling 911. Neighbors thought the couple that lived inside the East St. Paul apartment on Jessie Street looked out for each other. Allegations of a brutal attack early Monday morning have changed their minds. "He would be pushing her wheelchair and helping her out. I didn't think something like this would happen," Latonya Wulff, a neighbor said....
  • Amputee Arrested in Alleged Bomb Attempt (In NYC train station)

    02/26/2010 10:37:44 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 25 replies · 1,082+ views
    wsj.com ^ | Feb. 25, 2010 | OEL STONINGTON
    An amputee missing both legs was arrested Thursday after police said he was wheeled into a busy New York City train station and planted a bomb. Police found the bomb before it could detonate, but the discovery interrupted regional train lines briefly and closed the station for several hours. The alleged device—a bag of small explosives wrapped in shotgun shells, along with bullets, glue, lug nuts, pens and a ruler—was left in a waiting area at a station in Harlem. Police later surveyed security videos to identify suspects including, Roosevelt Terry, the amputee. Police from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which...
  • Wrong footed! Amputee sent home with two left feet after hospital fiasco

    02/11/2010 8:38:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 31 replies · 882+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/11/10 | Jonathan Brocklebank
    When Patrick Morrison left hospital after having his right foot amputated, he thought the sense of imbalance he felt would vanish once he got used to his newly fitted artificial foot. But it was not until five months later, when he took off the protective socks, that he realised he had been given two left feet. A prosthetic limb specialist had fitted an artificial left foot to his right leg - and failed to spot his mistake during two further check-ups. The foot was also too big - made to fit a size nine shoe rather than a size eight.
  • U.S. Army Looks at Virtual World Therapy for Amputee Soldiers

    11/16/2009 10:07:46 AM PST · by JMHX · 2 replies · 200+ views
    Pixels and Policy ^ | 11/16/2009 | Pixels and Policy
    Thought this definitely deserved a mention - the U.S. Army is looking at using virtual worlds to provide social therapy and smooth the adjustment process for amputee soldiers. If it helps them build a community and adjust to their new environment, I say it's worth it.
  • Applause for the SmartHand

    11/04/2009 6:20:40 PM PST · by Teflonic · 8 replies · 271+ views
    TAU's man/machine interface is essential link in groundbreaking prosthetic handIn one sense, our hands define our humanity. Our opposable thumbs and our hands' unique structure allow us to write, paint, and play the piano. Those who lose their hands as a result of accident, conflict or disease often feel they've lost more than mere utility. A new invention from Tel Aviv University researchers may change that. Prof. Yosi Shacham-Diamand of TAU's Department of Engineering, working with a team of European Union scientists, has successfully wired a state-of-the-art artificial hand to existing nerve endings in the stump of a severed arm....
  • Suspension of Disbelief

    10/21/2009 8:14:52 PM PDT · by BGHater · 3 replies · 676+ views
    Outside Magazine ^ | October 2009 | Jill Davis
    Most people who lose a leg dream of walking again. For adaptive athlete Jarem Frye, the inventor of a spring-loaded prosthetic knee transforming the lives of amputees, that wasn't nearly enough. He wanted to fly. Jarem Frye at his office in Mcminnville, Oregon (Photograph by Annie Marie Musselman) WHAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE a military propaganda video showing footage of U.S. Marines on patrol—protecting an Iraqi neighborhood from insurgents—now lives on the Internet, where you can see Garrett Jones's last steps as a whole-bodied man. The 15-second clip, shot in July 2007 in the city of Karmah, is poor in...
  • Face of Defense: Amputee Pursues 2012 Paralympics Berth

    07/22/2009 10:28:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 224+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Tim Hipps
    CHULA VISTA, Calif., July 22, 2009 – Army Sgt. Jerrod Fields hasn’t just learned to adapt as an amputee since hitting a roadside bomb in Iraq. He is on his way to becoming a record-holding sprinter. Army Sgt. Jerrod Fields, an Army World Class Athlete Program sprinter and Paralympic hopeful, works out at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. A below-the-knee amputee, Fields won a gold medal in the 100 meters with a time of 12.15 seconds at the Endeavor Games in Edmond, Okla., on June 13, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Tim Hipps  (Click photo for screen-resolution...
  • Florida Woman Loses Arms, Legs After Misdiagnosis

    05/29/2009 12:31:12 PM PDT · by ak267 · 24 replies · 2,097+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | 5/29/2009 | ak267
    DAVIE, Fla. — When the sharp pain shooting through Lisa Strong's back got worse, she thought it was another kidney stone and expected the discomfort to pass. This time was different. Through a series of mistakes, miscommunications and misdiagnoses, she wound up having her arms and legs amputated. She sued the doctors, who essentially blamed one another for what everyone involved agrees were profound errors. Everyone except the jury that ruled against Strong.
  • Amputee pilot completes third deployment

    03/27/2009 6:30:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 447+ views
    3/27/2009 - BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- What sets Maj. Alan Brown apart from other Airmen in the gym at Bagram Airfield's Camp Cunningham isn't his workout routine, it's his right leg. "When people see me in shorts at the gym there's definitely a pattern," said the 42-year-old mobility pilot of Pine Bluffs, Wyo. "They glance at my eyes, look down at my leg and then look back at my eyes," said the Wyoming Air National Guard Airmen deployed with the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron. "It happens every time." Major Brown accidentally shot his leg in a hunting accident more...
  • Face of Defense: Amputee Soldier Completes Jumpmaster Course

    03/05/2009 3:38:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 402+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Jason B. Baker, USA
    FORT BRAGG, N.C., March 5, 2009 – A roadside bomb in Afghanistan cost Army Sgt. 1st Class John “Mike” Fairfax his right leg, but it didn’t take away his spirit. Army Sgt. 1st Class Mike Fairfax, left, a Special Forces intelligence sergeant with Operations Detachment, 3rd Special Forces Group, inspects a soldier's parachute aboard an aircraft over a drop zone above Raeford, N.C. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jason B. Baker  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. In November, Fairfax -- a Special Forces intelligence noncommissioned officer assigned to Headquarters Support Company, 3rd Special Forces Group --...
  • Double Amputee Fitted For Mermaid Tail

    02/27/2009 2:40:44 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 35 replies · 1,158+ views
    thedenverchanne ^ | February 26, 2009
    A New Zealand double amputee never expected a response when she sent a note to a special effects company asking if they would create a mermaid tail to help her swim. Two years later, her dream came true.Nadya Vessey, who lost both her legs to an illness during her childhood, sent an e-mail to the Weta Workshop prosthetics department. Weta is best known for their special effects work in the "Lord of the Rings" series, and the 2005 remake of "King Kong."
  • Soldier Becomes First Amputee Accepted to Warrant Officer School

    02/26/2009 3:42:42 PM PST · by SandRat · 11 replies · 605+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Lt. Jennifer Cragg, USN
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2009 – The U.S. Army Warrant Officer School soon will welcome a new accession of warrant officers this spring, and one will bring with him a new perspective to the Army officer corps. Staff Sgt. Jonathan Holsey is the first amputee accepted into the U.S. Army Warrant Officer School. Holsey, who lost his leg following a roadside bomb explosion in Iraq, is to report to the school at Fort Rucker, Ala., in April 2009. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Staff Sgt. Johnathan Holsey became the first amputee accepted by the Warrant Officer School...
  • True Valor is Priceless

    01/12/2009 8:18:00 AM PST · by GonzoII · 12 replies · 1,509+ views
    Tradition Family and Property ^ | Last Updated ( Thursday, January 08 2009 ) | Norman Fulkerson
    True Valor is Priceless Written by Norman Fulkerson    Wednesday, November 12 2008 When Michael Monsoor jumped on a grenade to save the lives of three Navy Seals in September of 2006, the nation was left speechless. The Medal of Honor was presented to his grieving parents, during a White House reception, as a mournful audience looked on. There was a man in the room that day that might have seemed like just another soldier, if not for the peculiar spring in his step. His name is William “Spanky” Gibson. He had just flown in from overseas and had a...
  • Winner: The Revolution Will Be Prosthetized-Darpa's prosthetic arm gives amputees new hope

    01/08/2009 8:55:01 AM PST · by BGHater · 1 replies · 1,763+ views
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | Jan 2009 | Sally Adee
    It’s October at Duke University, in Durham, N.C., and Jonathan Kuniholm is playing “air guitar hero,” a variation on Guitar Hero, the Nintendo Wii game that lets you try to keep up with real musicians using a vaguely guitarlike controller. But the engineer is playing without a guitar. More to the point, he’s playing without his right hand, having lost it in Iraq in 2005. Instead he works the controller by contracting the muscles in his forearm, creating electrical impulses that electrodes then feed into the game. After about an hour he beats the high score set by Robert Armiger,...
  • Face of Defense: Amputee Earns Commission Through Army ROTC

    12/29/2008 3:41:25 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 668+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Paul Kotakis
    FORT MONROE, Va., Dec. 29, 2008 – The blast of a roadside bomb in Iraq's Sunni Triangle resulted in the amputation of a portion of Richard Ingram's left arm, but it did not rob him of his dream of becoming an Army officer. Richard Ingram, right, takes the oath of office as a second lieutenant administered by Army 1st Lt. Robert Morris at North Georgia College and State University, Dec. 13, 2008. Photo by Kate Maine  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Ingram's dream became a reality Dec. 13 when he graduated from North Georgia College and State University...
  • Woman blames Brooklyn ER for failing to spot devastating infection (became an amputee in just days)

    11/23/2008 8:10:18 PM PST · by Coleus · 16 replies · 1,129+ views
    nydaily news ^ | 11.20.08 | John Marzulli
    She went to a Brooklyn emergency room suffering from what she thought was just a kidney stone, but a medical nightmare left her partly blind and a quadruple amputee. Tabitha Mullings claims doctors at Brooklyn Hospital Center failed to diagnose an infection that has literally eaten her alive. RELATED: BOY WITH GIANT LIMB GIVEN $200G FIXUP "Sometimes I can't believe it's me laying here," the mother of three told the Daily News Wednesday from her bed in the very hospital she blames for her ravaged body.  Wiping tears with a bandaged stump, Mullings struggled to explain how in a...
  • Dog trained in military prison to help amputee

    11/22/2008 8:11:34 AM PST · by Dubya · 24 replies · 1,426+ views
    STAR NEWS ^ | Amanda Greene
    This is the first time Marine Cpl. Zachary Briseno will be in his Fort Worth, Texas, home for Thanksgiving in four and a half years since his two tours of duty in Iraq. That’s something to be thankful for. But the 23-year-old has a furrier reason for thankfulness this week. Briseno, who lost both of his legs below the knees almost a year ago in an IED attack in Fallujah, is getting a specially trained guide dog to help him in his day-to-day tasks. The dog was trained through Carolina Canines for Veterans, an adjunct program of the local nonprofit...
  • Face of Defense: Double Amputee Marine Wants to Stay in to Help Others

    11/12/2008 3:40:24 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 447+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2008 – Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Matthew Ryan Bradford was part of a patrol to clear an area near Haditha, Iraq, of roadside bombs with the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, on Jan. 18, 2007. Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Bradford goes surfing in Hawaii. He hasn't let his injuries caused by a roadside bomb near Haditha, Iraq, stop him from enjoying many of the activities he participated in before the Jan. 18, 2007, blast. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Matthew Bradford  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “We found it,” he said with a chuckle,...
  • Face of Defense: Marine Amputee Who Returned to Iraq Earns Fellowship

    10/31/2008 4:06:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 356+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Cpl. Sean P. McGinty, USMC
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq, Oct. 31, 2008 – A noncommissioned officer who returned to Iraq nine months ago after his left leg was amputated above the knee soon will represent the Marine Corps in the halls of Congress. Marine Corps Master Sgt. William "Spanky" Gibson, force fires chief, Multinational Force West, waits to get on the aircraft that will begin his trip home. Gibson, from Pryor, Okla., accepted an invitation as one of the first three staff non-commissioned officers to become Marine Corps congressional fellows. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Sean P. McGinty  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available....
  • Face of Defense: Company Commander Exemplifies Warrior Ethos

    10/30/2008 4:39:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 329+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Sarah Maxwell
    FORT DETRICK, Md., Oct. 30, 2008 – In most ways, Army Capt. Alex Houston is like any other Army commander. Army Capt. Alex Houston, 21st Signal Brigade Headquarters and Headquarters Company commander, talks with soldiers at Fort Detrick, Md. Houston lost his left hand in Iraq, but continues to serve. U.S. Army photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. He comes to work here every day ready to lead and set the standard for the soldiers who work for him. He diligently performs all of his administrative duties as the 21st Signal Brigade Headquarters and Headquarters Company commander, and...
  • Disabled soldier goes back to war in Afghanistan (British Paratrooper lost leg)

    04/08/2008 12:44:25 PM PDT · by Stoat · 3 replies · 1,698+ views
    The Times (U.K.) ^ | April 8, 2008 | Sonia Verma
    Disabled soldier goes back to war in Afghanistan Six months after losing a leg, Corporal Stuart Hale has returned to the battle zone in Afghanistan   Sonia Verma at the Kandahar Airbase A British paratrooper who lost his leg to a landmine has become the first amputee to return to military service in Afghanistan, in the war zone where he was disabled. Corporal Stuart Hale arrived with the 3rd Batallion, The Parachute Regiment last month for a joint operation against the Taleban with Canadian forces in Kandahar province. It is a fight that he was forced to leave on...
  • Mirror Therapy Shows Promise in Amputee Treatment

    01/16/2008 3:50:48 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 837+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2008 – When Army Sgt. Nicholas Paupore puts a mirror between his legs and looks down, he’s whole again. The right leg that was destroyed when an explosively formed penetrator ripped through his Humvee just south of Kirkuk, Iraq, suddenly reappears before his eyes, reflecting the left leg that remains. Navy Cmdr. (Dr.) Jack Tsao, associate professor of neurology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, in Bethesda, Md., encouraged Army Sgt. Nicholas Paupore, an outpatient at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, in Washington, D.C., to try mirror therapy to treat phantom pain in...
  • Amputee sprinter ruled ineligible for Olympics

    01/14/2008 2:13:03 PM PST · by Mr. Brightside · 46 replies · 86+ views
    Fox News ^ | 1/14/08
    Amputee sprinter ruled ineligible for Olympics Associated Press Updated: January 14, 2008, 4:37 PM EST MONTE CARLO, Monaco (AP) - All his life, Oscar Pistorius has had to battle adversity. Competing in the Beijing Olympics is a challenge the double-amputee runner may not be able to overcome. The IAAF ruled Monday that the South African is ineligible to compete in Beijing — or any other sanctioned able-bodied competitions — because his "Cheetah" racing blades are considered "technical aids" which give him a clear competitive advantage. Pistorius finished second in the 400 meters at the South African National Championships last year...
  • Peer Amputee Volunteer Puts Experience, Compassion Into Recovery

    07/16/2007 5:11:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 468+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 16, 2007 – An admitted golf “nut,” Jack Farley said he has heard probably every handicap joke there is, having hit the green for the last four decades wearing a prosthetic right leg. Still, nobody cuts him any slack, he said. Jack Farley visits a patient at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. Farley is a peer amputee visitor at the center. His right leg was claimed by a mortar in Vietnam nearly 40 years ago. Farley was fitted for his first prosthesis at Walter Reed and met his wife there while being treated. Photo by...
  • 'Fastest man on no legs' faces Rome test

    07/12/2007 9:47:15 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 19 replies · 533+ views
    Rediff ^ | 12 July, 2007. | Rediff
    Amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius, known as the world's "fastest man on no legs", is understandably nervous ahead of his first race abroad against able-bodied athletes, due to take place in Rome on Friday. But how he races, scientifically speaking, could be far more important than who crosses the finish line first. Scientists working for the world's sports governing body will be analysing Pistorius to see whether his carbon-fibre limbs are giving him an unfair edge that allows him to perform beyond his natural ability. Essentially, they want to know if he's cheating. And their conclusions could make or break Pistorius's...
  • Walter Reed Gait Laboratory Puts Amputee Troops Back in Step

    06/21/2007 5:02:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 573+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 20, 2007 – As today’s highly active servicemember amputees push their prosthetic devices to the limits, a lab at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here is gathering data that will help designers make the prostheses better, while enabling faster, more efficient recoveries for patients. Walter Reed Army Medical Center Gait Lab engineer Brian Baum explains how data is gathered and displayed on a computer system. Once data is collected in the computer, it can be compared to that of a non-amputee or even data from the patient’s non-amputee side, allowing better analysis by the rehabilitation team. Defense...
  • Army Path Takes Amputee Soldier to Forefront of Amputee Care

    06/08/2007 4:50:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 795+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 8, 2007 – Army Maj. David Rozelle walked with difficultly up the steep dirt path that cuts through the grass and away from a concrete sidewalk running along the north side of Walter Reed Army Medical Center here. Army Maj. David Rozelle talks about the future capabilities of the new Amputee Care Center at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Only a little more than a year after losing his foot to a bomb in Iraq, Rozelle stepped back in front of an armored cavalry formation as commander and led his troops again back to the same battlefield...
  • Armless driver eludes police chase

    05/09/2007 12:23:22 PM PDT · by amchugh · 74 replies · 1,221+ views
    St Petersburg Times ^ | May 9, 2007 | THOMAS LAKE
    NEW PORT RICHEY - For about eight minutes on Tuesday, through the streets near downtown, police chased a driver who had no arms and one good leg. He got away.
  • Electric switch could turn on limb regeneration

    02/28/2007 8:05:35 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies · 748+ views
    news@nature.com ^ | 28 February 2007 | Heidi Ledford
    Close window Published online: 28 February 2007; | doi:10.1038/news070226-8 Electric switch could turn on limb regenerationTadpoles use a proton pump to direct tissue regrowth.Heidi Ledford Tadpoles: chop off their tails and they grow back. NHPA Tadpoles can achieve something that humans may only dream of: pull off a tadpole's thick tail or a tiny developing leg, and it'll grow right back — spinal cord, muscles, blood vessels and all. Now researchers have discovered the key regulator of the electrical signal that convinces Xenopus pollywogs to regenerate amputated tails. The results, reported this week in Development, give some researchers hope...
  • I won't be happy until I lose my legs [Sick Alert]

    01/30/2007 8:36:10 AM PST · by MotleyGirl70 · 27 replies · 755+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 1/29/07 | John Cantlie
    I was six when I first became aware of my desire to lose my legs. I don't remember what started it - there was no specific trigger. Most people want to change something about themselves, and the image I have of myself has always been one without legs.
  • Vets Tell Dems: Get a Different Mascot

    11/07/2006 5:23:22 AM PST · by Renfield · 12 replies · 1,585+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 11-07-06 | Teri O'Brien
    Rahm Emanuel, head of the Democrats’ House takeover effort, wants to win the Illinois 6th Congressional District more than any other seat in the House of Representatives. It is Henry Hyde’s old seat. As Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Hyde is blamed by Emanuel for the impeachment of Bill Clinton, a historical black mark that will never be erased from the history books. Emanuel worker in Clinton’s White House and lived through the agony. He really wants to wants to win one for the Bubba. As head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, he has been in a position...
  • Injured GIs Remain Positive, Accept Army 10-Miler Challenge

    10/07/2006 5:25:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 511+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2006 -- Two Army combat veterans who both lost something dear in the war against terrorism say they are determined to keep on battling, and proving it as they prepare to run the Army 10-Miler race tomorrow. Left to right: Army Spc. James Stuck, Capt. Matthew Scherer and Spc. Joseph Keck meet the press at a Washington, D.C., suburban hotel Oct. 6. Stuck and Keck are Army combat veterans who both lost limbs in the war against terrorism. They will compete in the Missing Parts in Action team that’s competing in the Army-10-Miler race held here...
  • Amputee Iraq veteran runs for office

    09/07/2006 6:31:06 AM PDT · by Tatze · 7 replies · 780+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 09/07/2006 | ELIZABETH DUNBAR
    PADUCAH, Ky. - When he lost both of his legs in a roadside bomb attack in Iraq, Robbie Doughty was no longer able to serve his country on the battlefield. But if things go his way this fall, he hopes to serve his community as an elected official. Doughty is a candidate for county commissioner in western Kentucky's Marshall County. Though several Iraq veterans made headlines this year by running for Congress, a handful of others are also trying to enter public service by trying to win seats on city councils, county boards and in state legislatures. The 31-year-old Doughty...
  • Brashear’s character served as model

    07/30/2006 12:44:30 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 8 replies · 526+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | 7/28/06 | The Virginian-Pilot
    Never waver. Carl Maxie Brashear, the Navy’s first black deep sea diver, must have uttered that mantra repeatedly as he overcame obstacle after obstacle. It steeled him when Navy officials attempted to keep him out of diving classes. It bolstered him when, after his leg was amputated, the Navy brass thought he was crazy to believe he could return as a diver. It must have been a source of pride after receiving major military awards and seeing his life portrayed in the movie, “Men of Honor.” Brashear, 75, died this week at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center, the same hospital where...
  • When Ants Go Marching, They Count Their Steps (THEY CHOP THEIR LEGS OFF TO CHECK)

    06/29/2006 10:55:39 PM PDT · by paulat · 42 replies · 1,256+ views
    Yahoo!/LiveScience ^ | 6/29/06 | Bjorn Carey
    When Ants Go Marching, They Count Their Steps Bjorn Carey LiveScience Staff Writer LiveScience.com Thu Jun 29, 2:00 PM ET Ants use an internal pedometer to find their way home without getting sidetracked, a new study reports. Desert ants on foraging expeditions use celestial cues to orient themselves in the homeward direction, but with few landmarks in the barren land, scientists have wondered how the insects always take the most direct route and know exactly how far to march. The new study reveals that counting their steps is a crucial part of the scheme. Old ideas Over the years, scientists...
  • Bush jogs with wounded soldier

    06/27/2006 4:53:52 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 7 replies · 669+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/27/06 | Jennifer Lowen
    By JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - President Bush took a jog Tuesday with a soldier who lost part of both legs in Iraq, following through on a bedside promise even the president had doubts about at the time. Despite a slight drizzle, Bush and Staff Sgt. Christian Bagge took a slow jog around a spongy track that circles the White House's South Lawn. About halfway through their approximately half-mile run, Bush and Bagge paused briefly for reporters. "He ran the president into the ground, I might add," Bush said, as the two gripped hands in an emotional, lengthy...
  • Conquering the Mountain - at a Price (Everest abandonment)

    05/29/2006 6:48:26 PM PDT · by WildReeling · 307+ views
    Church of Man ^ | 5/25/06 | The Apostle
    In the Washington Times this week there came a report of a climber who was left to die on the slopes of Everest. Mark Inglis, an amputee on atrificial legs, defended his group's decision to leave David Sharp, a man they found dying on the side of the mountain. "At 28,000 feet it's hard to stay alive yourself. He was in a very poor condition, near death. We talked about [what to do for him] for quite a lot at the time and it was a very hard decision," said Inglis. The group moved on, after some of the group's...
  • University of Utah to help build bionic arm (fully-functioning prosthetic)

    04/21/2006 2:35:33 PM PDT · by Dark Skies · 34 replies · 550+ views
    Eurekalert.org ^ | 4/21/2006 | Staff
    University of Utah researchers will receive up to $10.3 million to help develop a new prosthetic arm that would work, feel and look like a real arm. The Utah work is a key part of a U.S. Department of Defense contract worth up to $55 million to develop the new device for soldiers and potentially others whose arms were amputated. "Imagine an artificial arm that moves naturally in response to your thoughts, that allows you to feel both the outside world and your own movements, and that is as strong and graceful as an intact, biological limb," says bioengineer Greg...
  • Steakhouse To Close, Ending Tradition For Wounded War Vets (Outrage Alert)

    04/15/2006 9:42:58 PM PDT · by vanbray · 9 replies · 1,254+ views
    WUSA9.com ^ | 4/13/2006 | Doug Buchanan
    A two-year tradition for wounded war vets is about to go by the wayside. A downtown DC steak house that’s catered to injured troops every Friday night is about to close. Fran O’Brien’s landlord is forcing out the steakhouse of the same name. “We're not feeling very good about leaving and especially the Friday night dinner,” O’Brien said. With the restaurant soon to close, so too will go a hang-out spot that troops have been able to call home while healing, if only for a few hours every week. ... In a statement from Hilton hotels, a spokesperson writes: "this...
  • Amputee Airman overcomes cancer, maintains athletic lifestyle

    03/10/2006 5:43:42 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 323+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | 1st Lt. Marnee A.C. Losurdo
    3/8/2006 - DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AFPN) -- In 2005, he ran the New York City Marathon and skied down the Rockies. The fact he has one leg isn’t slowing him down. Tech. Sgt. Matthew Profitt is an active sportsman -- the 38-year-old reservist plays racquetball, bobsleds, canoes, cycles and runs. But, three years ago the 512th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron guidance and control section technician wasn’t sure he’d be alive today. Deadly Diagnosis In June 2003, while activated a second year to support the war on terrorism, Sergeant Profitt said he noticed an ulcer on his right shin. “It...