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Implanted Prosthetic Leg

“We are the only team in Australia who could do it, and it is not something that has come in the last year. It is something we have worked towards for the past 10 years,” Mr Leung said.

The Alfred Hospital has taken a long time working on prosthetic limbs and  after seven years of not being able to walk because he have a normal prosthetic leg, Bill Langenhorst can now walk again.   Swedish surgeon Rickard Branemark pioneered the operation which made it possible to have an implanted prosthetic limb and he was actually flown here to work with the team at The Alfred Hospital to give Bill Langenhorst his life back. This is a great story. It’s great because our medical people are obviously constantly working on procedures which can restore us to health and well being. it is great because we are doing 2010 and collaborating across the planet to pool our expertise and it’s great because people are prepared to fly long distances in order to benefit someone who could use their help. That is truly caring.Bill Langenhorst now has mobility, independence and his own life back and he has had to wait a long time but I daresay those 7 years have made it possible for him to get all his priorities straight so he can just be the person he wants to be.


Retired Adelaide based professional. Lived here most of my life. I have been a teacher of French, English and German since 1974 and value the capacity of the classroom, wherever that might be, to write on the lives of others.

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