Child amputees learn about prosthesis in Saskatoon
Child amputees from across the prairies are gathering in Saskatoon this weekend to learn all the possibilities with their prosthetic limbs.
Emerald Kehler, 18, was born missing her right arm just below the elbow, but still leads a very active lifestyle.
She's a member of team Canada for sitting volleyball and trains 20 hours per week.
The constant training caused the left side of her back to become too strong from weight lifting, so she had a custom limb made.
"A prosthetic that would stabilize my elbow, but be able to strengthen my arm so that the right side of my back would be able to catch up with my left," she said.
"I can put another attachment in there to do things like yoga and push-ups and stuff like that."
The prosthetic helps her keep up with her teammates.
"There are grippy things on the inside of the hand so that when I contact the ball, the ball won't slip out of my prosthetic," she said.
Kehler is a junior counsellor at the War Amps Child Amputee program in Saskatoon this weekend. The CHAMP seminar aims to encourage families that are new to navigating through life with a missing limb.
This weekend 19 families from across the prairies will gather to learn different tips and tricks about living with an amputation.
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