Monday, February 23, 2009

Amputee study could benefit Iraq veterans

Amputee study could benefit Iraq veterans
Chris Centeno
Issue date: 2/23/09 Section: Campus

Researchers from Ohio State and Indiana University are studying the lives of Vietnam veteran amputees.

Stephen Wilson, a principal investigator in the study, spoke to veterans at the Faculty Club Friday afternoon.

The study, funded by a $2 million grant from the Department of Defense, led to the establishment of the Indiana-Ohio Center for Traumatic Amputation Rehabilitation Research. The goal of the research is to collect as much data from Vietnam veteran amputees as possible, in hopes of better understanding their lives after amputation.

Labels: , , ,

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Iraq War vet decides to have second leg amputated

Iraq War vet decides to have second leg amputated
Sunday, February 15, 2009 | 7:22 p.m. CST
BY PHILLIP O'CONNOR/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

GREENFIELD — When Iraq war veteran Derick Hurt lost his right leg in a grenade attack five years ago, he fought with doctors to save his left leg and mangled foot.

Now, he wants to lose that leg, too.

Hurt believes he's used the pain in his remaining leg as an excuse for not moving on with his life. He avoided finding a full-time job, lacked goals and spent too many days at his rural home, depressed.

"I used it as a crutch not to do things," he said.

Labels: ,