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Ukraine: Support for victims of limb loss

Daniil Melnyk,19, triple amputee, Ukraine (photo: ABC News)

Daniil Melnyk,19, triple amputee, Ukraine (photo: ABC News)

Inspired by Amputees, Led by Amputees, For Amputees


Losing a limb is painful, debilitating, distressing and disabling and is best understood by those who have gone through the trauma. Alex Lewis lost all four limbs having barely survived Strep A sepsis and having recovered from the initial impact, has gone on to research and develop better solutions to artificial limbs. He fervently believes that the experience of the end-user is crucial to innovation and finding better, more cost-effective solutions and is now determined to help Ukrainian amputees develop the best possible solutions for themselves, building on the combined experience of teams in Ukraine and the UK.

With close to 6000 military and civilians in Ukraine having lost limbs in this war, Ukraine needs urgent help to provide support to them. Since their prospects are dramatically improved with an earlier and integrated approach to rehabilitation, there is no time to lose.


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Alex Lewis Trust

In November 2013 Alex Lewis collapsed and was rushed to Winchester Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit. He was 33 years old with a partner and son of 3 years old. His only symptom leading up to this was the common cold and a sore throat. Within a few hours of his collapse, his vital organs were being supported mechanically, his blood forced around his body with nora adrenalin. His chances of survival given by the consultants for the first 3 days was less than 3%. He had contracted Strep A Toxic Shock Syndrome, Septicaemia and Necrotising Fasciitis. The immediate required action by doctors and surgeons was a quadruple amputation and extensive skin grafts and facial reconstruction as the infection ravaged his face and mouth as well as his limbs.

Alex spent the next twelve months in hospital with many more ahead for extensive surgery and ongoing rehabilitation to learn to walk again.

But the story did not end there…

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