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HRH Prince Harry visits UK soldier with new legs @ Macquarie University Hospital

On Thursday (7 May) Prince Harry (Captain Wales) visited Sydney’s Macquarie University Hospital to meet Lieutenant Alistair Spearing, a 31 year old British soldier who lost both of his legs above the knee in an IED explosion in Afghanistan in 2011. 

Lieutenant Spearing had travelled to Australia to receive groundbreaking treatment from orthopaedic surgeon Munjed Al Muderis. 

Associate Professor “ ..Munjed Al Muderis is not your typical surgeon. He fled Bagdad as a young medical student during Saddam Hussein’s rule. He spent time on Christmas Island as a refugee. And after starting a new life in Australia, he has since become a pioneering surgeon at Macquarie University Hospital. Associate Professor Al Muderis is gaining worldwide attention for his remarkable surgical work with amputees and in particular, his success using a revolutionary technique called osseointegration.

Osseointegration is where an implant is inserted into an amputee’s residual limb. When the implant integrates with the bone, it allows for a simple, quick and safe connection between the stump and an artificial limb. The procedure is providing amputees with greater mobility, comfort and quality of life."

Read more: http://mq.edu.au/newsroom/2015/05/07/profile-associate-professor-munjed-al-muderis/#ixzz3ZatDJXvt

This is a great story, see a brief video below-

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