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Mass false limb find to help quake victims

by Staff Writers
London (AFP) Jan 25, 2008
A massive stash of false limbs found in the cellar of a retired British taxi driver's home are to be sent to Pakistan to help victims of the 2005 earthquake, a charity said Friday.

More than 100 artificial limbs and about 100 crutches and walking frames were found by a plumber fitting central heating at Mike Sutton's home in Bridport, south-west England, soon after he and his wife Teresa moved in.

The Limbless Association has now collected the hoard, which includes a mixture of left and right legs in different sizes, most with pristine leather straps attached, and a solitary prosthetic hand.

Zafar Khan, from the charity, said: "They are rather old but some of the fittings and parts can be recycled and used in Pakistan, mainly for earthquake amputees."

Many amputees from the earthquake were fitted with heavy wooden prostheses which were of poor quality and have uncomfortable knee joints with limited function, he added.

Some of the parts could end up being recycled and used in other projects by the charity in Nigeria, Ghana and Uganda.

Sutton, 65, said: "We wondered what to do with them but we are absolutely delighted they are going to be put to some good use and not just thrown away."

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