Robotics offer hope for bilateral amputee

Shona Muckert, from Murgon, with son Quinn.
Shona Muckert, from Murgon, with son Quinn. Helen Spelitis

DOUBLE amputee Shona Muckert has a dream of walking down the aisle at her sister's wedding.

Ms Muckert became a bilateral amputee in May 2004, after being pinned under a vehicle for 10 hours through the night following a car accident.

Surgeons had no choice but to remove both her legs, leaving just 4cm of femur on the left leg and amputating the right leg below the knee.

Due to the shortness of what remains of her left leg, she is unable to wear regular prosthetic limbs without extreme difficulty and pain.

Her only means of independent transport is a wheelchair.

Ms Muckert has been offered an opportunity to receive a new concept in prosthetic limbs called osseointegration.

A metallic rod will be implanted directly into her thighbone, creating a protruding artificial bone that connects directly on to a robotic limb.

This new limb will enable her to walk freely, allowing her to do simple things like take her two-year-old son for a walk and shop for groceries.

The problem is the procedure is very expensive and the Goomeri Lions Club has got behind the young Murgon mum.

The club has pledged to channel their fundraising efforts to her cause.

Publicity officer Sandra Nesbitt said the Goomeri Lions Club had always tried to support charities and services near to home - ones that directly affect those who live in the community.

"Shona's needs fits right in with our mandate," she said.

"Shona's wish is to walk down the aisle when her sister gets married in October, 2014.

"We want to ensure she gets her wish."

The club is holding a bowls night at the Goomeri Bowls Club on the evening of Friday, November 29, with all proceeds going to Shona's fundraising committee. It is also in the process of planning an event in February, 2014 to add to her surgery account.

The Lions continue their busy schedule with their hot chip van serving at the Wheatland's Centenary on November 16.

Then there are the Christmas Carnivals, with Goomeri's on Saturday, December 7, and Murgon's the following Friday.

Gympie Times

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