Life with artificial limbs

PHYSIOTHERAPIST Abraham Banda assists amputee Catherine Chokani to learn to walk using her prosthetic leg.

A YOUNG girl’s shrill cries fill the assessment room of the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) Prosthetics and Orthotics Department. She is two years old and has a condition called congenital hyperlordosis.
She is being assessed by a team of prosthetist orthopists and physiotherapists who debate her symptoms back and forth to determine the correct rehabilitation path for her.
Here, at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) Orthopaedics Centre of Prosthetics and Orthotics, physical rehabilitation is the daily business.
On Wednesdays, the department hosts clinics where patients and clients of varied ages are assessed one by one.
Most of the younger patients and clients suffer from conditions like spina bifida and cerebral palsy.http://epaper.daily-mail.co.zm/

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