Fourteen year old Shaukat of Naraingonj, Bangladesh was a victim of a terrible accident. One day he was playing with his friends. All of a sudden when he touched a pole, there was an open electric wire and his right arm was completely damaged from the electric shock The boy had been admitted directly into the Burn Unit in Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Following couple of month long therapy he got better. He was fortunate enough to survive but he had to get rid of his right arm, which was completely damaged in the accident. How tragic could it be for a fourteen year old without his right arm?
Shaukat’s parents hardly have any money, even to carry out his regular treatment for the accident. Providing an artificial limb could be only in their dreams. When the family did not have any hope of having an artificial limb for Shaukat, Dr. Samanta Lal Sen, Plastic Surgeon of the Burn Unit took the initiative to help him with his experience and with the financial contribution of Touching Souls International, Shaukat’s dream of getting an artificial limb was made possible.
An artificial limb is a type of prosthesis that replaces a missing extremity, such as arms or legs. The type of artificial limb used is determined largely by the extent of an amputation or loss and location of the missing extremity. Artificial limbs may be needed for a variety of reasons where a body part is either missing from the body or is too damaged to be repaired, including disease, accidents, and congenital defects. After looking into Shaukat’s condition, Dr. Sen confirmed that he needed a transhumeral prosthesis, which is an artificial limb that replaces an arm missing above the elbow. Most modern artificial limbs are attached to the stump of the amputee by belts and cuffs or by suction. The stump usually fits into a socket on the prosthetic. The socket is custom made to create a better fit between the arm and the artificial limb, which helps reduce wear on the stump. The custom socket is created by taking a plaster cast of the stump and then making a mold from the plaster cast. It took several weeks to finish the whole process for Shaukat to get his new artificial limb, but it was worth it. He got his normal life back again.
Shaukat(not the real name) is very grateful to Dr. Samanta Lal Sen, Dr. Khalilur Rahman and specially to the nonprofit organization Touching Souls International, which financed 100% for his artificial limb. .