National Amputee Awareness Week: Limbs 4 Life there to help

Family focus: Karen and Jamie Manning (centre) with their children Jedd, Lori and Bray. Photo: Jedd Manning/ Western Aerial Productions.
Family focus: Karen and Jamie Manning (centre) with their children Jedd, Lori and Bray. Photo: Jedd Manning/ Western Aerial Productions.

During National Amputee Awareness Week, October 4 to 11, the peak body for amputees wants people to know no one should go through limb loss alone.

Limbs 4 Life provides programs and services to tens of thousands of amputees and their caregivers who rely on it for assistance pre- and post-amputation.

Without Limbs 4 Life many amputees and people with congenital limb deficiencies would go through the trauma of limb loss alone.

Jamie Manning, a double amputee from Dubbo, raised funds for the organisation with his 500km ride on horseback.

Every day in Australia there are 28 amputations performed, Limbs 4 Life reports.

Research shows that there has been a 30 per cent increase in diabetic-related amputations in the past decade and that, on average, about 10,000 Australian lose a limb each year.

According to a recent study 60 per cent of all amputations occur in people over 60 years of age and 50 per cent of all amputations occur in people with type 2 diabetes.

Head of research Dr Michael Dillion said more than 8000 lower limb amputations are performed annually in Australia; that’s about one every hour.

National Amputee Awareness Week was created to build community knowledge of limb loss, minimise the stigma that amputees can face, encourage good quality of life outcomes, educate the wider community of the prevalence of amputation in hope they better manage their healthcare.