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Active limbs give youngsters new lease of life

Young people are running, dancing, playing sport and taking part in PE with their schoolmates thanks to state-of-the-art prosthetic limbs supplied by West Midlands Rehabilitation Centre.

The ‘active limbs’ are being supplied as part of a national initiative to enable children who have suffered limb loss or were born with a limb deficiency to engage in physical activity and lead healthy and active lifestyles.

The £750,000 Department of Health programme is designed to ensure eligible children and young people have access to the bespoke prosthetic equipment they need to take part in physical activities such as PE, sport or games at school, other recreational activities and organised sports or simply to join in physical play with friends.

Consultant in amputee rehabilitation Poorna Ramamurthy said:

“We’re absolutely delighted to be able to provide these prostheses to young people. Obviously, limb loss can impact on the quality of life and, for young people, maximising access to physical activity is of great importance because of the social, physical and mental benefits it can bring.

“The programme has so far provided children and young people from many parts of the region with physical activity limbs that have had a transformative effect on their wellbeing, in addition to the day-to-day prosthesis they already have.”

A £1.5 million Department of Health fund was announced during 2016, split equally between funding for NHS limb centres like West Midlands Rehabilitation Centre and investment in a child prostheses research collaboration to help bring latest technology into the NHS.

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Little Lois Gregory is pictured on 'day one' with her new active limb with (l-r) amputee rehab physio Catherine Spencer; senior prosthetist Andy Sharpe; and amputee rehab occupational therapist Sue Barlow.