Doctor’s work benefits local
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.
Amputee Kelvin Cook has a joint designed by Dr Munjed Al Muderis.