Artificial right leg, Cambodia, 1998
Thousands of landmines were laid in Cambodia during the Vietnamese occupation between 1979 and 1989, and afterwards as a means of defence. Unfortunately, since 1979, many Cambodians have died after stepping on them – most of these victims were civilians, many of them children. At least 25,000 have lost limbs in this way. Made from plastic with leather straps to attach the leg to the upper part of the leg, this prosthetic leg is designed for a person whose leg has been amputated below the knee. Legs like this are provided to landmine victims by The Cambodia Trust. The Trust is a British charity set up to provide landmine victims with prosthetic limbs. The Trust also aims to train local people in orthopaedics and prosthetics so that they can eventually take over the three rehabilitation centres in Cambodia.
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Artificial body parts, or materials inserted into tissue for functional, cosmetic, or therapeutic effect. Prostheses can be functional (artificial arms and legs), or cosmetic (artificial eye).
Glossary: artificial leg
A device, either external or implanted, that substitutes for or supplements a missing or defective part of the body.