- Adam Hills - Australian comedian and radio and television presenter.
- Aimee Mullins
- Alex Brooker
- Alex Zanardi
- Amy Winters
- Andrew Lourake - Amputee U.S. Air Force Pilot.
- Aron Ralston - Aron Lee Ralston
- Aviva Drescher
- Barbara Adside
- Bethany Hamilton
- Bill Veeck
- Blake Leeper
- Bonnie St. John Deane
- Brett Smrz
- Casey Pieretti
- Curt Marsh
- Daniel Inouye
- Don Blas de Lezo
- Ella Fitzgerald
- Erick Kaffka
- Erik Stolhanske
- Francis Anthony Melby "Tony" Iommi
- Glenn Malmskog
- Harold Russell
- Heather Mills
- Herbert Marshall
- Ian Gregson
- James Stacy
- Jessica Cox - Inspirational keynote speaker.
- Jim Byrnes
- John Wesley Powell
- KENNEDY Ted Jr. - Edward Moore Kennedy, Jr.
- Max Cleland
- Melissa Johns - British actor and disability ambassador. She was born without right forearm and hand. Melissa Johns played Imogen Pascoe in the hit British TV series, Coronation Street, in 2017.
- Nick Newell - American mixed martial artist born with congenital amputation of his left arm.
- Oscar Pistorius
- RaShad Bristo - (DOB: 12/18/1974, Shreveport, LA) - Born with one arm and successfully graduated from a police academy in Louisiana.
- Rick Allen
- Robert David Hall
- Robert Kerrey - Joseph Robert "Bob" Kerrey
- Ronan Tynan
- RoseMarie Siggins
- Sarah Bernhardt
- Sarah Reinertsen
- Scott Rigsb
- Sir Douglas Robert Steuart Bader
- Sudarhan Gautam
- Sudha Chandran
- Suzan Ball
- Terry Fox - Terrance Stanley "Terry" Fox
- Tom Whittaker
List of Famous Amputees
- Publish Date: 2017/11/10 - (Rev. 2019/12/20)
- Author: Disabled World
- Contact : www.disabled-world.com
Outline: List of well known and famous people who currently are or were amputees and did not let their disability stop them from achieving their dreams in life. Biomechatronics is defined as the science of fusing mechanical devices with human muscle, skeleton, and nervous systems, to assist or enhance motor control lost by trauma, disease, or defects. Some prosthetics, such as artificial hands etc., can now be made to mimic the appearance of real hands, complete with freckles, veins, hair, fingerprints and even tattoos!
A large proportion of amputees experience the phenomenon of phantom limbs, they feel body parts that are no longer there. These limbs can itch, ache, and feel as if they are moving. Some scientists believe it has to do with a kind of neural map that the brain has of the body, which sends information to the rest of the brain about limbs regardless of their existence.
In many cases, the phantom limb aids in adaptation to a prosthesis, as it permits the person to experience proprioception of the prosthetic limb. A prosthesis is an artificial extension used to replace a missing body part. It is part of the field of biomechatronics, the science of fusing mechanical devices with human muscle, skeleton, and nervous systems to assist or enhance motor control lost by trauma, disease, or defects.
Rudimentary prostheses have been used since antiquity, to replace missing limbs, teeth, etc.; their use and sophistication has increased over time. In addition to the standard artificial limb for every-day use, many amputees or congenital patients have special limbs and devices to aid in the participation of sports and recreational activities.
Lt. Col. Andrew Lourake sits in an Air Force C-20. Colonel Lourake underwent an above-the-knee amputation in June 2002 - Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Bobby Jones.
Though many prosthetics today are clearly made of artificial materials, the practice of cosmesis, the creation of life-like limbs made from silicone or PVC, has grown in popularity. Such prosthetics, such as artificial hands, can now be made to mimic the appearance of real hands, complete with freckles, veins, hair, fingerprints and even tattoos.
Prostheses and Prosthetics: Artificial Limbs News and Information
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- 1 - Famous People Who Have or Had Asperger's Syndrome | Michelle Fattig (2017/11/10)
- 2 - List of Famous Amputees | Disabled World (2017/11/10)
- 3 - Famous People That Use or Used Wheelchairs in the Past | Disabled World (2017/11/10)
- 4 - Famous People Who Have or Had Lou Gehrigs Disease (ALS) | Disabled World (2017/11/10)
- 5 - Famous People Who Had and Have Polio | Disabled World (2017/11/10)
- 6 - Art and Disability | Marcy Hernandez, Founder/Artist The International Association of Artists With Disabilities; Gracie’s Place Art Studio (2019/09/11)
- 👉 For further related information see our full list of Famous Disabled Documents - (30 Fact Sheets).