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Did you know that India's first blade runner, Major D.P. Singh, is an amputee? He lost his leg in the Kargil War but went on to become India's first blade runner, completing several marathons!

An Amputee is a person who has lost part or all of a limb (hands or legs). Amputation can lead to difficulties in movement, sensation, and even performing daily activities, without proper support. The cutting off of a limb can range from partial to complete, and the impact can be temporary or permanent.

The leading causes of amputation include 

  • accidents such as car crashes, workplace incidents, and sports injuries. 
  • Medical conditions like diabetes, vascular disease, and infections can also contribute to limb loss.

The severity of the injury depends on factors like the extent of damage and the effectiveness of medical intervention.

Treatment options for an amputee include:

  • Prosthetic limbs, physical therapy, and rehabilitation programs. These interventions aim to improve mobility, function, and overall quality of life.
  • Additionally, support groups, counseling services, and community organizations offer emotional support, practical advice, and advocacy efforts. 
  • Exploring online resources and seeking guidance from healthcare professionals can offer additional support and information.

Adjusting to life after amputation can present numerous challenges. Learning to use prosthetic limbs or adaptive devices can be difficult, and people may experience physical discomfort or pain. Moreover, there are emotional hurdles to overcome, including grief, frustration, and anxiety about body image and self-esteem. 

Socially, individuals may encounter barriers related to accessibility and societal attitudes towards disability. Despite the challenges, many individuals with limb loss lead fulfilling lives. With determination, support, and access to resources, amputees can pursue their goals.

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Familiarize yourself with and expand your vocabulary of disability-related terminology! 
D - Devices
A - Amputee
I - Inclusive attitude
S - Struggling students
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