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									      Bethany Hamilton
             “Soul Surfer”

                         Bethany
Biography
                        Surfs Again




Bethany’s
                        More about
Prosthetic
                        Prosthesis
   Arm
                             Biography
•Bethany Hamilton is a Nationally ranked teen surfer.
•On October 31, 2003, Bethany Hamilton went for her
daily, morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai with
her best friend Alana, and Alana’s family.
•Around 7:30 a.m., she was lying sideways on her
surfboard with a severed left arm, after a 14 ft tiger
shark attacked her.
• The shark had managed to rip her left arm off just
below the shoulder.                                        HOME

•If the shark had bitten 2 inches further in, the attack
would have been fatal. Bethany lost 60% of her blood
that morning.
                   Bethany Surfs Again
•Despite the trauma of the incident, Hamilton was
determined to return to surfing.
•Just three weeks after the incident, she returned to
the ocean and went surfing again.
•She adopted a custom-made board that was longer
and slightly thicker which made it easier to paddle.
•She observed that she would have to kick a lot
harder to make up for the loss of her left arm.
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•After teaching herself to surf with one arm, she had
begun surfing competitively once again.
•Even though Hamilton could surf successfully with
only one arm, she received a prosthetic arm three
months after the attack.
                     Bethany’s Prosthetic Arm
•Rehabilitation experts said that the shark attack
wouldn’t end 13-year-old Bethany Hamilton's future
as a promising young surfer – and they were right:
  “Many children who suffer amputations are ‘absolutely’ able to resume
      their activities,” said Elton Bacon, manager of the Orthotics and
              Prosthetics Department at Shriners Hospital for Children.

•When the teenager decided to use a prosthesis to
replace her left arm, there were a wide range of
highly advanced, lightweight devices available.
  The artificial limbs "are about as close to fully functioning as you can
                          get, although they lack sensation”, said Bacon.
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•The recovery phase, including occupational
therapy, in which a patient learns how to use a
prosthetic device, could take days, weeks or
months.
 "It takes a lot of coordination and rethinking on how to do things," he
                                                                    said.
                  More about Prosthesis:
•A prosthesis is an artificial extension that replaces a
missing body part.
•Prosthesis 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.
•Though many prosthetics are clearly made of artificial
materials, the practice of “cosmesis”, the creation of       HOME
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.

								
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