Living well with limb loss
Practical information for new amputees in South Africa
These following online articles serve as a brief, practical introduction to life with limb loss. It also lets you know that you are not alone. We encourage you to inform yourself, since being informed will help you take responsibility for your own well-being and ensure that you make the right choices and decisions on your path to healing.
Introduction by Ernst van Dyk and Prof Wayne Derman
“Losing a limb is a traumatic and life-changing experience. Your body is permanently altered, almost all aspects of your life are affected and you may feel that no one could possibly understand what you are going through. This guide aims to provide you with a brief, practical introduction to a new life after limb loss and will show that you are not alone. With the help of modern technology, the pioneering performances of Paralympic athletes and the example of thousands of ordinary, determined people, those who have lost limbs are starting to realise that they can lead rich, fulfilling lives and achieve things that were almost unimaginable to previous generations.”
Ernst van Dyk
“We encourage you to inform yourself, since being informed will help you take responsibility for your own well being and ensure that you make the right choices and decisions on your path to healing. The good news is that artificial limbs have come a long way in recent years.”
Prof Wayne Derman