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King’s Daughters Amputee Support Group meets July 15

The King’s Daughters amputee/limb loss support group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 15, at the King’s Daughters Rehabilitation Unit family resource room (second floor). The group provides information, fellowship and support to patients and their families affected by the loss of a limb or amputation. The group regularly meets the third Thursday of each month at the same time and place. For more information or to make a reservation to attend, please call 1-888-377-5362.

Limb loss affects approximately 1.7 million in the United States. The main cause of acquired limb loss is poor circulation in a limb due to arterial disease, with more than half of all amputations occurring among people with diabetes. Amputation of fingers, toes or a limb also may occur after a traumatic event or for the treatment of a bone cancer. Major risk factors include having diabetes and heart disease, smoking, lack of exercise and poor nutrition. Certain racial and ethnic groups also are at increased risk of amputation.

Most people who have had an amputation or who have lost a limb have the potential to attain a high degree of function and a satisfying quality of life. Although amputees may start with crutches and wheelchairs, the use of prosthesis or artificial limbs can assist with walking, driving and other normal activities.

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