In any given week, there’s just way more interesting news out there than one little ol’ amputee lifestyle magazine can cover. So we’re trying something new: a straight link dump to share all the enlightening and amusing and entertaining reads we’ve come across lately. Some of these items will turn up in our social feeds (or already have), and others might turn into Amplitude articles somewhere down the line. We just didn’t know how else to loop you in on all the stuff that crosses our desk.
We’d like this to be a two-way conversation, so if you see anything on this list you really liked, let us know. If you’ve read anything related to limb loss that you’d like to share with the audience, send us a link and we’ll include it next time.
This week’s roundup:
Triumph the orphaned koala cub cheered up mightily after a local dentist jerry-rigged a prosthetic foot for him. “His entire demeanor has changed,” says the little guy’s handler.
Your NCAA tourney bracket is as busted up as ours by now, and we are both hating basketball. But this quadruple amputee who plays high school hoops will remind us why we love the game. “If you’re an amputee, you just have to go out and do it,” he says.
“I have one of the most advanced prosthetic arms in the world, and I hate it,” this author writes. But why?
Josh Sundquist has one, two, three, four, five . . . . how many pairs of crutches in his collection? They don’t call him The Crutch King for nothing.
Paralympic multisport star Oksana Masters is “the greatest athlete you’ve never heard of,” according to Soledad O’Brien on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”
A few years after recovering from an infection that claimed both his legs and most of his fingers, this young man cheers up other kids during their hospital stays by distributing toys.
Congratulations to Amanda Sullivan on graduating from the fire academy—the first woman amputee anywhere on the planet to do so. “I will make it my mission to ensure that I’m not the last,” she writes.
Indian bilateral leg amputee Arpita Roy practiced yoga as part of her healing from limb loss. Now she’s blowing up on Instagram. “I’m not ashamed of my scars,” she says.
Amputees are strong—full stop. The amputees on Barbend’s list of 2021’s top adaptive athletes are, like, stupid strong.
What problem can’t be solved by a great teacher, some caring teenagers, and a 3D printer? These Alabama high school students are manufacturing prosthetic legs for Honduran amputees.