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General Discussion / The Rolling Exhibition
« on: April 28, 2009, 06:23:38 PM »
Kevin Connolly was born in Helena, Montana in August of 1985. Born without legs, Kevin was otherwise a healthy baby and grew up like any other Montana kid; getting dirty, running in the woods, and getting dirty some more.

In the way developments tend to snowball, Kevin began skateboarding and taking photographs for the first time in 2005. His first taste of living abroad came in 2006 when he left to study in New Zealand for one year. It was on the return home - skating down a backstreet in Vienna - that Kevin took his first prototype photo for what was to become The Rolling Exhibition.

Kevin currently lives in Bozeman, Montana as a photographer and professional skier. For more information on Kevin's other endeavors, please navigate to www.kevinmichael

The quote was taken from his website. He is a photographer that travels the world taking photographs from his skateboard.

General Discussion / Paralympic wheelchair doll on eBay
« on: April 10, 2009, 05:45:25 AM »
I was doing a bit of surfing on the net and found this. If I were a little kid faced with a life in a wheelchair I'd think it would be brilliant. I wouldn't be too keen on the doll but sure I could always stick my old G.I.Joe in there for a spin.

General Discussion / a bit of fun...
« on: March 12, 2009, 10:41:27 AM »

General Discussion / Skin Graphs
« on: February 26, 2009, 05:13:36 PM »
On hearing of Herb troubles with his skin graphs I was curious...

How prevalent are skin graphs with most amputees?
Are there do's and don't in regards to keeping them in good shape?
What will normally cause problems?

My stump is about 3/4 skin graphs. (1/3 from my opposite leg and 2/3 is actually my heel/bottom of my foot from my lost leg.)

If a child has never seen a handicapped person then I would assume they would be concerned. Wondering maybe if it will happen to them, but  if the parents who are complaining would simply take them aside and talk to their children, take them to meet handicapped people, this woman would not be under fire.


One-Armed CBeebies Host 'Scaring' Children

Disability charities have expressed anger after a number of parents complained that a one-armed children's TV presenter was frightening their kids.

Cerrie Burnell, who was born with one arm, began co-presenting Cbeebies 'Do And Discover' slot with Alex Winters last month.

She has a broad range of success as an actor, both in the theatre and on television.

But parents on online forums have claimed she 'frightens' their children.

Poster Barry wrote: "Is it just me, or does anyone else think the new woman presenter on Cbeebies (Cerrie Burnell) may scare the kids because of her disability?

"I didn't want to let my children watch the filler bits on the bedtime hour last night because I know it would have played on my eldest daughter's mind and possibly caused sleep problems... and yes, this is a serious post."

Other posters suggest the BBC employed Miss Burnell to 'score points' and accused the channel of positive discrimination.

But the vast majority of comments have offered support to the presenter, who they describe as 'lovely' and 'talented'.

"As for Cerrie, I think her being 'disabled' ensures that children are exposed to 'different' people and situations," wrote 'Caligula' on the Digital Spy forum.

Sue Stokes, from the charity Reach, said they were appalled by the negative reaction.

"We are appalled that parents are talking on behalf of their children," she said.

"Children don't notice the differences. The parents need to think about how they would feel if it were their child born without an arm.

"It is great for children with disabilities to see people like them on the television."

A BBC spokesman said nine official complaints had been made about Miss Burnell, who has a four-month-old daughter.

CBeebies controller Michael Carrington said she is 'warm and natural'.

"It's a big ask to entertain millions of children every day," he said.

"We think that in time all mums and dads and children will love her as much as we do."

Miss Burnell was disappointed by the criticism but welcomed the discussion.

"It can only be a good thing that parents are using me as a chance to talk disability with their children," she said.

"It just goes to show how important it is to have positive disabled role models on CBeebies and television in general."

General Discussion / Amps in the News 8
« on: February 16, 2009, 07:20:34 AM »
 March 20, 1995

A Florida man who recently underwent surgery to have his right foot amputated awoke to learn his left leg was cut off.

The patient, Willie King, was told of the blunder while he was in the recovery room at University Community Hospital in Tampa, FL. Doctors mistakenly amputated King's left leg below the knee.

King's brother, John Hollis, has said King joked with the hospital staff just before he went into surgery to be sure they knew which foot they were going to amputate.

"Now he'll be without any legs at all. He's very depressed about it," Hollis stated.

King, a 51-year-old diabetic, was listed in good condition at the hospital at Jet press time.

The hospital is investigating the mistake. The state Department of Professional Regulation and the Health Care Administration will also investigate.

King's lawyer, Peter J. Brudny said: "It should have been obvious which foot had to go, because poor circulation had led to tissue deterioration, and medical records show King had sores and gangrene on his right foot."

Brudny said King has pain in his right leg and can't walk. He's also checking on getting King a prosthesis and wants the hospital, surgeon and others to compensate King.

An investigation is under way after a man convicted of possessing cannabis was fitted with a tracking device attached to his prosthetic leg.

Bret Ravenhill, 29, who lost his limb in a motorbike crash six years ago, said a security worker failed to spot his left leg was made of metal and detachable.

The forklift driver, from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, said the woman who came to fit the tag on his leg failed to notice his disability.

He told The Sun: "I thought she would realise straight away - but she never bothered to turn up my trouser leg or look underneath my sock. I just left things as they were for a joke.

"I didn't break my curfew once - but I could have been out living it up every night. I'm no danger to the public - but what if they'd done the same thing to an armed robber?" he told the paper.

A spokeswoman for G4S said: "We conduct our monitoring operation under rigorous procedures which include carrying out an assessment of the leg that is being tagged.

"It would appear that in this instance the procedure has not been followed and we are conducting a thorough investigation into the matter now that it has been brought to our attention."

General Discussion / Amps in the News 6
« on: February 01, 2009, 04:00:04 PM »

A woman who lost her legs in the July 7 bombings has spoken of her amazement at being told she is due to give birth on the anniversary of the attacks.

Survivor Martine Wright and husband Nick Wiltshire pictured on safari in Africa

Martine Wright, 36, said she had exclaimed "Are you joking?" after hearing the incredible twist of fate.
"When the doctor realised the significance of what it meant, she just blurted out, 'Oh my God'," she said.
"I was so shocked. It's such a powerful date, it's great to think something so joyful could happen on the anniversary.
"But I worried part of me would always be a little bit sad on that day. It's a difficult time every year."
Ms Wright was the last person to be pulled alive from the carnage of the Aldgate tube blast.
She lost both legs above the knee but learnt to walk again using prosthetic limbs.

"They gave me some hardcore drugs in hospital. I didn't know what effect the physical and emotional trauma of 7/7 would have on my body," she said.
"Every part of me seemed to have been hit by the impact."
Ms Wright and her photographer husband, Nick Wiltshire, 36, had thought they would never be able to have a baby.
"Nick is so excited. He can't stop grinning and talks to the bump all the time. He calls the baby Crumpet, after my cravings," she told the News of the World.
"I took two pregnancy tests because I couldn't believe it. We're so happy."
Ms Wright, a former marketing manager, will become the second injured victim of the atrocity to have a baby.
Last year, 29-year-old Danny Biddle became a father to daughter Caitlyn who weighed 7lb 7oz.

General Discussion / Happy Birthday Sue!
« on: January 29, 2009, 05:31:49 AM »
Just a quick Happy Birthday to Sue! Hope you have a brilliant day.  ;D

General Discussion / MIssing posts...
« on: January 26, 2009, 06:38:30 PM »
Is it just me or are there a few missing posts...? Hopefully it wasn't the hacker fella and instead some maintenance on the site(?)

General Discussion / Hacked
« on: January 19, 2009, 08:58:00 AM »
I see we're back on-line. Hackers are a annoying fly in the ointment but at least our website team was able to get us up and going again. Fair play lads!

It makes you wonder why they do it? Makes no sense at all. I'd love to meet one. After our little 'talk' he'd be a human tripod with my prosthetic leg firmly up his...

General Discussion / The little things
« on: November 14, 2008, 09:45:05 AM »
I wrote this on my facebook page for friends and family. I thought I might share it with you.

You all would know (except for maybe one or two online friends) about my accident. To me it is ancient history but still effects me in various ways. I deal with it and plan to deal with it with at least a bit of grace for the rest of my life.
One of the little things that became a nuisance is when I went to go feed the donkeys. When traipsing across a boggy field there is nothing better than a good pair of wellies. Every farmer has a pair as will any one spending any time at all with animals or land. When I got my house I got a pair of wellies too. Of course the right one went on without a problem but I could not get the left one on. My prosthetic ankle doesn't not operate like a real ankle and wouldn't bend enough to but a tall boot on. I tried everything, shoe horns, plastic bags, I nearly tried a mallet. ; )
I bought another pair (to use for ''parts') and with cutting, gluing and stitching I made a opening in the back of the left and created a flap to seal it with velcro. It worked to get my foot in but did nothing to keep the water out. I would have to put my foot in a plastic bag and then put it in the wellie to try and keep my foot/socks dry. That didn't work either and the wellie would fill with muck at the bottom which got into the plastic bag and would ruin my socks and trouser leg, but I still wore it for at least it gave the illusion of normality. When the modified wellie completely ripped apart I was forced to wear a wellie on one side and a boot on the other with my left pant leg rolled up to try and keep my pants a bit cleaner.

Those days are gone. I broke down and bought a pair of purpose made wellies with a proper zipper and expanding sides. They were fierce expensive but it worth it because of how it makes me feel to put on a pair of wellies just like everyone else. 10 years ago I never thought that putting on a pair of wellies would make me happy, but it does.
Sometimes it just the little things.

General Discussion / Don't worry I was just being cheeky
« on: November 14, 2008, 08:53:44 AM »
For anyone who saw my last topic and steered clear, the title was just a joke. Michael was right and the forum is here to help us deal with amputation. I actually asked if anyone had physical stump pain etc...

I was just being cheeky ;D

General Discussion / The Iraq War - For or Against?
« on: November 13, 2008, 08:34:40 PM »
Just kidding about the topic subject. ;D

Actually, I was curious what location most of you would get stump pain (not phantom)? Also, what are you doing to cause it?

I have started getting some pain in my little fibula. I put it down to having the prosthetic leg resting on the floor in such a way that puts pressure on it causing the pain. The worse thing is after I get up and move the pain is still there (and may be in my knee somewhat too) and can last the evening. If I take off the leg it would be fine, but I usually keep it on and just hobble around the place.

On a different topic, I go to my limbfitter on tuesday for a casting I think. They ordered a new gel sock and I assume I a going down to have them start on the socket.

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