Thursday, February 16, 2006

Amputee Kicks Himself For Not Saving Missing Leg

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Talk about going out on a limb: A lot of amputees actually want to keep their severed body parts, but don’t have a leg to stand on.

That’s the word from amputee Dan Sorkin, who runs the support group Stumps R Us.

Sorkin, who calls himself the “Chief Stump” says there are strict rules forbidding the ownership of human body parts – even if it was yours before the amputation.

Sorkin learned this lesson the hard way: After losing his lower left leg following a motorcycle accident in 1968, he wanted to turn it into a door stop but laments, “They wouldn’t let me keep it.”

He says the vast majority of amputated limbs end up being incinerated rather than being put to alternative uses, such as becoming the base for a lamp like the kind seen in the movie A Christmas Story.

Although he still kicks himself for not keeping his amputated leg, Sorkin took the advice of his doctors and put one foot in front of the other and moved on.

As he explains, “In the United States, they said it’s illegal to keep severed limbs.”

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