Christopher is an excellent example of why I live for my profession and why my encounters and experiences with patients are, in fact, priceless.
As I have mentioned many times before, no patient or amputation is ever the same. We as prosthetists have to think of different ways to help the amputee. It is our job to determine what the best strategy is to give the patient the best possible quality of life after amputation.
Coping with the loss of a limb is difficult because it is a great loss. Comparative studies show that losing a limb is akin to the grief caused by the death of a loved one. The grieving process is essential to your healing as you cannot completely recuperate if you are not emotionally and mentally healing too.
Rethabile Machete is a happy three-year-old girl who was born with a congenital birth defect. Rethabile’s congenital birth defect meant that she had a corrective amputation soon after she was born.
Piet Dreyer only accepts the best when it comes to friends and prosthetists, so naturally, he chose Jaco Deist to act as both. According to Jaco Deist, his below-the-knee amputee patient of 20 years and now friend, Piet Dreyer will not settle for anything less than perfection.
Toppie Gray lost his leg above-the-knee and was left with a short residual limb with a very short femur at the end of his stump. This left it with a lot of soft tissue. Jaco Deist loves a challenge and when he met with Toppie Gray in June of 2018 he said, “What a challenge! It has been a while since I was tested in my skills like this!”
The proper routine cleansing of a prosthetic limb is vital to the patient. As the prosthetic is considered to be an extension of your body, it should be treated as such when it comes to its care and hygiene. This article will discuss some of the reasons this is important and some ways in which you can ensure you are properly caring for your custom-designed prosthesis.
One year ago Jaco Deist and his patient, Bridgette Mokoena jetted off to Scotland where Bridgette became the first South African recipient of a partial-hand prosthetic. Bridgette and Jaco visited Touch Bionics to test the hand that Jaco had already fit for her here in South Africa. To learn more about their trip read the blog called “Pioneering South African Prosthetics: Jetting Off For The Procedure”.
In this article we visit Bridgette, one year later, to catch up and see what life with an i-digits™ partial hand prosthesis is like and what Bridgette’s experience with it has been in the last year.
Lucia Van Heerden is many things, she is a ballerina, a below-knee amputee, an Össur Ambassador, a patient of Jaco Deist and a completely inspiring woman. Lucia’s honesty when it comes to losing her leg to infection will leave you in awe.
David Kobola is a twenty-one year old business management student at TUT from Limpopo and Kurt van Onselen is 54 year old who used to be the Sales Manager for Powerteam SA. What do these two people have in common that they share so intimately? Both David and Kurt have undergone a hemipelvectomy or through-the-hip amputation.