A five-year old boy from Derby who had his left leg amputated due to cancer became the first child in UK to receive a power-assisted 'robot' leg.
When Eddy Parry was scheduled to undergo a leg amputation surgery in May this year, his parents asked the surgeon whether a specialist procedure could be adopted so that he would be able to control a prosthetic with the stump.
AdvertisementSuch a technique has already been adopted in adults though doctors at Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham said that this was the first time that it was used in a child in UK.
The surgeons managed to preserve the muscles and tendons in Eddy's thigh, instead of completely amputating the leg, and inserted a metal implant to replace the bone. "Eddy absolutely loves football and going outside - it means everything to him. The robot leg was a complicated idea but we were so keen to pursue it because we thought, if it doesn't work, there was no other option anyway - we had to give it a try", Eddy's mother, Claudia Cassner said.