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General Discussion / 'Big Brother' targets wounded soldiers for show
« on: December 26, 2009, 05:26:41 PM »
'Big Brother' reality programme targets wounded soldiers for show

Producers of "Big Brother" were targeting wounded soldiers to be contestants in the show, sparking outrage from military charity groups, a report said Saturday. Skip related content

Soldiers who lost limbs in Afghanistan and Iraq were being asked to take part in the final series of the reality television show to be screened next summer, according to the Daily Mail newspaper.

Military groups, some of which have been approached about recruiting injured or homeless soldiers, accused the show's producers and broadcaster of trying to take advantage of veterans.

"How anyone could even attempt to try to take advantage of these people and their suffering is staggering," Commander John Muxworthy, from the UK National Defence Association, told the newspaper.

"It is not just unacceptable but completely unethical," he said.

Annabelle Fuller, a spokeswoman for the Army Benevolent Fund, said some soldiers were vulnerable and having trouble adjusting to civilian life.

"We're a charity, not a selection box for bad TV programmes. The people we help are often vulnerable," she said.

Hugh Milroy, chief executive of the Veterans Fund, was quoted as saying the move was "a new low for reality TV."

Producers Endemol and Channel 4 said they were seeking a "diverse range of people" to audition for the programme.

"Big Brother aims to cast the net far and wide to ensure that a diverse range of people get the opportunity to audition and take part in the programme," they said in a joint statement.

"Many different groups and organisations have been approached as they have strong networks within more isolated communities and can help to spread the word about the dates of open auditions."

Channel 4 announced in August it will axe the show after a decade following the 11th series next year. The programme, which screens hours of footage of contestants in a group house and has been franchised worldwide, has drawn controversy in Britain in the past.

TV personality Jade Goody sparked a racism row after she called Bollywood star and fellow house mate Shilpa Shetty "Shilpa Poppadom" on Britain's "Celebrity Big Brother" in 2007.

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/18/20091226/ten-big-brother-targets-wounded-soldiers-a56114e.html


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General Discussion / Driver gets German thought-powered prosthetics
« on: November 12, 2009, 09:42:47 AM »

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General Discussion / Amputee plays in professional football (soccer) match
« on: November 09, 2009, 04:52:45 PM »
La Liga - One-handed player makes historic appearance

Eurosport - Mon, 09 Nov 11:33:00 2009



Young striker Alex Sanchez made a bit of history as he came on as a late substitute in Real Zaragoza's defeat at Valencia.
Zaragoza were already 3-1 down, but Sanchez's introduction was remarkable because he became the first player with a disability to play football in the Spanish league.
The appearance of the 20-year-old, who was born without his right hand, is even more of a fairytale as just two years ago he was playing amateur football.
Sanchez was spotted playing for the University of Zaragoza team, where he is currently into his third year of studying law.
On the verge of quitting the game completely to concentrate on his studies, Sanchez's coach convinced him to continue, and his rapid rise up five divisions to the top flight culminated in him replacing midfielder Lafita for the final quarter of an hour at the Mestalla on Sunday.
The forward, who also has ambitions to study political science, modestly said recently: "I do not think playing football as I do has too much merit. There are other things that are more important."
On Sunday Sanchez proved he is just as skilled as his team-mates in at least some aspects of the game - he received a yellow card for a dive in the Valencia penalty area.
Eurosport

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/09112009/58/la-liga-handed-player-makes-historic-appearance.html


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General Discussion / Iraq War Amputees tell their story
« on: October 23, 2009, 09:25:05 PM »
I found a clip of several soldiers from the Iraq war telling their stories. Very touching.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3sKPB1sDxE

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General Discussion / Double amputee Oscar Pistorius accused of assault
« on: September 13, 2009, 09:51:17 PM »

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General Discussion / Drowning man saved by wooden leg
« on: August 20, 2009, 07:12:52 AM »
Drowning man saved by wooden leg

A holidaymaker was pulled from water he had fallen in to by alerting rescuers to his presence by waving his wooden leg.
 
Published: 1:06PM BST 19 Aug 2009

The man took a tumble from his small inflatable dinghy, at Restronguet, Cornwall, and was helped out of the water by two yacht workers who were passing on another boat, after waving the wooden limb.
Dave Thomas and Royston Dower, who work at Falmouth Yacht Brokers, were on a rigid inflatable when they spotted the stricken man.
Jerry Hobkirk, from Falmouth Yacht Brokers, said: "Dave Thomas and Royston Dower were delivering a boat when they saw a woman screaming on the shoreline.
"They went back and saw a man clinging to a buoy waving to get their attention."
He said that it was only when they got closer that they could see he was waving his wooden leg to get their attention.
Mr Hobkirk said that the two men managed to drag the man into their boat before taking him back to his concerned wife on the shoreline and heading on their way.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/6055326/Drowning-man-saved-by-wooden-leg.html

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General Discussion / A couple of interesting amputee links
« on: July 11, 2009, 07:14:32 AM »
I found a few pages dealing with amputee stories that might be interesting.

Prosthetics for animals
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/07/photogalleries/animal-prosthetics-pictures/index.html



A company that makes limbs for animals
http://www.orthopets.com/

A page that deals with what may be the first prosthetic ever made.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/07/070727-egypt-toe.html





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General Discussion / Suspension sleeves
« on: July 03, 2009, 11:15:49 AM »
My suspension sleeve has seen better days. Can these be ordered via the manufacturer or do I need to go through my limbfitter?

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General Discussion / Disabled student suing Abercrombie
« on: June 24, 2009, 09:58:45 AM »
Disabled student suing Abercrombie

A law student with a prosthetic arm has told an employment tribunal she "questioned her worth as a human being" after she was forced to work in the stockroom of US clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch. Skip related content

Riam Dean, 22, who was born with her left forearm missing, said she was given permission to wear a cardigan to cover the join in her arm.

But she said she was later removed from the shop floor and made to work in the stockroom because the cardigan did not adhere to the strict dress code.

Miss Dean told the tribunal she felt "taunted" when her manager told her she could return to the shop floor of the firm's flagship store on London's Savile Row if she removed the cardigan.

She said: "I felt personally diminished, humiliated and could not argue a point I could never win."

Miss Dean, who has just finished her final exams at Queen Mary, University of London, is seeking damages for disability discrimination at an employment tribunal in central London.

She told the hearing she would have stayed with the company until her law qualification was complete, had she not been "bullied" out of her job.

Miss Dean added that, when she left the company, she "wasn't the same person". "I didn't want to socialise," she said.

"If I did go outside the family home. I felt so self-conscious, I would cover up and wear long cardigans despite it being summer. I knew I would need another job, but I couldn't face rejection all over again. I began to assume that my arm would always cause me such trouble. I was always prepared for children to be curious about my disability, but to be faced with adult bullying, no-one could have prepared me for such debasement."

Abercrombie & Fitch has yet to respond to the allegations in the tribunal but on Tuesday night a spokeswoman for the company said Miss Dean's portrayal of what occurred was "inaccurate". She added: "Abercrombie & Fitch has a strong anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policy and is committed to providing a supportive and dignified environment for all its employees."



http://uk.news.yahoo.com/21/20090624/tuk-disabled-student-suing-abercrombie-6323e80.html

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I don't know where I am on this one. It seems she kept herself in the stockroom because of her own issues regarding her appearance. It is almost like Abercrombie was letting her on the sales floor but her insecurities let her down. Of course at that age appearance is vital. That said the employers could have made a exception or let her wear the elbow pad she wearing in the picture.
I wonder if the lawsuit has something to do with her being in law school and wanting to stretch her wings a bit.

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General Discussion / Amputee Pirate joke
« on: June 03, 2009, 08:21:52 AM »
A pirate walked into a bar and the bartender said, 'Hey, I haven't seen you in a while. What happened? You look terrible.'
 'What do you mean?' said the pirate, 'I feel fine.'
 
Bartender, 'What about the wooden leg? You didn't have that before.'
 Pirate, 'Well, we were in a battle and I got hit with a cannon ball, but I'm fine now.'
 
Bartender, 'Well, OK, but what about that hook? What happened to your hand?'
 Pirate, 'We were in another battle. I boarded a ship and got into
a sword fight. My hand was cut off. I got fitted with a hook. I'm fine, really.'
 
Bartender 'What about that eye patch?'
 Pirate, 'Oh, one day we were at sea and a flock of sea-gulls flew over.  I looked
up... and one of them shit in my eye.'
 
'You're kidding,' said the bartender, 'you lost an eye just from bird shit?'
 Pirate, 'It was my first day with the hook.'
 


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General Discussion / Heel pain
« on: May 31, 2009, 07:16:40 AM »
I only have one foot and I seem to keep doing things to it. This time its the heel. Sharp pain and stiffness. I noticed after a day out with the pick axe digging through compacted small stones to reach a water pipe. Google seems to tell me that its Plantar Fasciitis. I stretch it which seems to help a little but every morning its fairly painful. Is this a amp thing or just getting older?


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General Discussion / I may have broke my foot
« on: May 23, 2009, 05:06:22 AM »
I'm not sure but I may have broken a bone in my foot. I was out rounding up my male donkey that had broke out of his field when at one point I was standing by a stone wall when a stone about the size of a breadbox slid off the wall and hit my good foot. I was wearing working boots but it did seriously hurt. I was able to keep going and get the donkey in his field but later that night it hurt more and this morning I can hardly put any weight on it at all.
Anyone here ever do something like this? If it is broke what should it look like? There no bruising, maybe a little swollen (it hard to tell and I don't have the other foot to compare!)

Suffice to say I'm in the wheelchair.

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General Discussion / Dog walks again thanks to prosthetics
« on: May 01, 2009, 05:24:32 AM »
Dog that chewed off its own feet to escape trap walks again thanks to prosthetics

If there was ever a dog that deserved a second chance, Andre is that dog. He's been living with just two legs for a long time. "He's just a fun loving guy, very warm personality," Martin Kaufmann with OrthoPets said.

Andre came a long way to meet Kaufmann in Denver, Colorado. The 3-year-old Shepherd-Rottweiler-Lab mix is from Alaska and lost his front and back left legs when he was caught in an illegal wild animal trap. He chewed off his own paws to get free and for weeks, he lived under a truck camper shell. He only weighed 38 pounds when Alaskan Dog and Puppy Rescue found him.

Andre's rescuers contacted OrthoPets to make him prosthetic legs. "With just two legs, he can't stand up," Kaufmann said. Just two days after that first fitting, on Wednesday Andre got his first second chance to stand. It didn't take him long.



"This is the first time that Andre has been able to stand on four legs in over a year and a few months now, so it will be an interesting challenge as he learns, instead of having to survive with two legs how he can actually thrive on all four," said Kaufmann. For a second he hesitated, and then Andre hopped up and started running around like any dog with four legs would.

"It's just such an amazing moment to see this guy who's learned how to be very adaptive on two legs and watch how fast he's able to go back to four legs. Just feels good to see he's able to be normal again, such a proud moment," Kaufmann said.

Within another few minutes, Kaufmann took the dog outside and Andre started to play. He ran around the parking lot outside and played with another dog. After a few weeks of adjusting to his new legs, he will go up for adoption.

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