Doc­tor’s work ben­e­fits lo­cal

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

LEAV­ING work in 2000 was like any other day for lo­cal man Kelvin Cook.

The keen mo­tor­cy­clist had knocked off af­ter a long day at a Gos­nells su­per­mar­ket, where he had been man­ager for sev­eral years, and was keen to get home to his wife and two chil­dren. The next thing he re­mem­bered was wak­ing up in hospi­tal as an am­putee.

His right leg above the knee was re­moved af­ter he was thrown from his mo­tor­bike when an el­derly driver crossed into his lane.

But Mr Cook (58) said that’s a story for an­other day.

“When I woke up with­out a leg, I thought my life as I knew it was over,” he said.

He was given a sleeve and socket – the stan­dard pros­the­sis given to am­putees – but opted out and used a wheelchair and crutches to avoid us­ing the fid­dly and un­com­fort­able at­tach­ment.

Mr Cook lends sup­port to fel­low am­putees on­line and through am­putee body Limb­s4Life.

Last year, Mr Cook trav­elled to Syd­ney to be­came one of nearly 200 am­putees world­wide to re­ceive one of Dr Mun­jed Al Mud­eris’s im­plant-like pros­thet­ics called an os­seoin­te­gra­tion, which has put him back on two feet for the first time in 15 years.

“Know­ing what I know now, I would have sold my house to get it sooner,” he said.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek.

Am­putee Kelvin Cook has a joint de­signed by Dr Mun­jed Al Mud­eris.

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