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Support for amputee sailor

  • Sophie Morrison
  • Farnborough
  • 1450 2004
  • Complete

Support for amputee sailorThis keen sailor, a possible contender for the Paralympics, has a specially designed sailing dinghy but after a recent above knee amputation, was unable to stabilise herself in the hull because of her single limb, especially when the boat heeled.

Two long wedge shaped cushions were fashioned in Evozote, a type of fairly firm plastic foam which is non-absorbent, and attached to the hull by Velcro strips to provide substantial lateral support to the hips and upper legs, and be easily removable if necessary. An elongated seat cushion was also provided to give improved support to the stump. The client expressed approval on the first trial and continues to be very satisfied with the system.

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