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Life and limb | prosthetics| For people who have lost a body part – either through a birth defect, being a casualty of war or disease – replacing it with a prosthetic can be a life-changing opportunity… rosthetics and the social stigma they invited have evolved since the days when author J.M Barrie penned the adventures of Peter Pan, where villain Captain Hook wielded a crude iron hook in place of his hand. Since then, there have been significant advances in artificial limbs, using realistic materials and electronic components. P Sergeant Colin Hamilton, 34 In 2001, father-of-two Colin, from Inverness, was nearing the end of a six-month tour of Kosovo with The Black Watch regiment, when he was electrocuted in a rescue attempt During the final task of escorting a train of armoured vehicles into Greece, a colleague of Colin’s fell on a high-voltage electric cable on the railway line. Trying to save him, Colin was also electrocuted and ten days later woke to the news that surgeons had had no choice but to amputate his right leg above the knee. Not to be defeated, Colin learnt to walk again, and has kept up his passion for Ninjutsu, a Japanese martial art. He is now a Shodan – the first of 15 black belts. Colin says: ‘It was a month and a half after I had the amputation before I got my first prosthetic. I then had five days of intense physio, followed by a period with a walking stick and eventually I was able to walk on my own. I had quite a lot of problems with my first prosthetic leg, as the mechanics of it kept breaking so it went forward too fast and wasn’t easy to control. While being repaired, I tried using a C-Leg® (computerised prosthetic that “learns” the way you walk and adjusts to this), and I didn’t want to part with it! This has more of a natural walking feeling, and I now drive a manual car. ‘I also had an ITAP (Intraosseous Transcutaneous Amputation Prosthesis) fitted last year. This involves securing a titanium rod into the bone. The metal implant passes through the skin and the limb can be directly attached to it. With both my previous legs I needed to wear a liner (a silicone or urethane sheath that covers the skin inside the leg) and the leg relied on suction, but the friction caused by the leg rubbing on the liner tore my skin. The ITAP is still on trial, but I am impressed. It’s plug-and-play – two seconds to get on and two to get off. I now wear it for up to 16 hours a day. ‘Work-wise, I’m limited to a desk job now. I have two children, and I can’t be as active with them as I was before, but I have still done lots of walks and activities for charity and I’m hoping to climb Mount Kilimanjaro next year.’ > ‘I’m limited to a desk job now but I’ve done lots of walks for charity and hope to climb Mount Kilimanjaro next year’ march 2012 | 093

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AT Home with Christian Jessen - March 2011

EDITOR'S LETTER
A WARM WELCOME FROM DR CHRISTIAN
NEWS
SAVE THE DATE
DEFENSIVE EATING
SLEEPING BEAUTY
SPOIL YOURSELF
FAMOUS FIGURES
WIN TOP PRIZES
DR JESSEN, I PRESUME
FEEL-GOOD FACTOR
A BEAUTIFUL MIND
PROTECT YOURSELF
GETTING OVER IT
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON
WHAT LIES BENEATH
SUGAR HIGHS AND LOWS
WHAT'S UP, DOC?
ON THE RUN
SMOKING GUN
FRESHLY GROUND
I CAN'T EAT THAT
OFF THE SCALES
WALKING TALL
IN GOOD HANDS?
GIRLS ONLY
IN THE BLOOD
PERIOD PROPERTIES
FERTILITY HELP
A WEE ISSUE
UNDER YOUR HAT
CONFESSIONS OF AN ALCOHOLIC
DANGER ZONE
BODY BASICS
HEART-STOPPING MOMENTS
BACK TO BASICS
WALKING ON SUNSHINE
THE SKIN YOU LIVE IN
LISTEN UP
EYESORE
IN PLAIN SIGHT
DOWN UNDER
BUMP 'N GRIND
LET'S TALK ABOUT SEX
MAN TALK
DO YOU KNOW YOUR BMI?
I'LL HAVE A 'P' PLEASE
BOYS DON'T CRY
TO THE EXTREME
THREE-DAY SLIM DOWN
TOTALLY ADDICTED TO CAKE
JUST A PINCH
GYM JAMS
THEY'RE DOING WHAT?
GOTTA HAVE IT
EYES WIDE SHUT
PETER PAN PLAN
HOW OLD?
HOW OLD?
FUZZ FREE
FUZZ FREE
CUT HERE
CUT HERE
ON THE MEND
ON THE MEND
KNOW YOUR NIP/TUCKS
KNOW YOUR NIP/TUCKS
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
STAY SAFE ABROAD
STAY SAFE ABROAD
SAY CHEESE!
SAY CHEESE!
IVORY TOWER
IVORY TOWER
MOUTH MAYHEM
MOUTH MAYHEM
COMING SOON
COMING SOON
LIGHTEN UP
LIGHTEN UP
COULD YOU BE A GUINEA PIG?
COULD YOU BE A GUINEA PIG?
HEADS UP
HEADS UP
LAST WORD
LAST WORD
STOCKISTS
STOCKISTS

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