However, limb loss doesn’t come without its challenges. Mukhtar kindly shared how he’s had to adapt his life as an amputee; such as changing his praying position at the local mosque, building his muscle strength, and finding the right prosthetic foot that gives him flexible ankle movement, so he can wear almost any style of shoes.
The turning point
Mukhtar’s turning point came when he walked across the shore in Abu Dhabi; knowing he’d managed to achieve his main goal of getting back to travel and enjoying the experience of snorkelling with his swim limb and new flippers. This was partly down to the team at The London Prosthetic Centre who, combined with his own determination, got Mukhtar back on his feet, doing what he loved. With the help of Abdo and the team, Mukhtar has learnt to love his new prosthesis and regained his confidence.
Furthermore, Mukhtar shared his desire to help others and a more recent goal to become a Volunteer Visitor at the Limbless Association charity, where he recently became a Trustee. He went onto say that “having a sense of direction and speaking to someone that had been through it, really helped to build my confidence. To anyone in a similar position as me, please remember: There is life after limb loss.”
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