The above link is to an article and short video about Derrick Campana’s workshop. He makes prosthetic and orthotic devices for animals.
Through the years I've seen that those who work with animals,...such as Derrick Campana and veteranarian doctors,...get to use use all their creativity, virtually unfettered, in solving problems for their clients and patients. I'm sure that not every effort has been successful, but overall, they do have success, and they have much more freedom to try out new ideas than their counterparts who work with humans. Yes, we want laws to protect us (humans) from malpractice, but at the same time, we would like for prices of adaptive equipment to be lower,...somewhere in the realm of "reasonable". And we would like for the people who create adaptive devices to be able to actually enjoy their work and bring their creations to fruition without mountains of red tape and constant fear of frivolous lawsuits. I believe that legal red tape and fear of frivolous lawsuits are major deterents to inventors who would really like to help us with new, reasonably priced products.
Campana says, "I went to school for human prosthetics and orthotics, but I always loved animals. So, to be able to combine both passions is just a dream come true.”
There are some amazing prosthetics available these days but they cost an arm and a leg (excuse the pun, which is a little bit distasteful for somebody missing a limb). I'm not sure what kind of prosthetics are available on the NHS here in the UK. It is not a bottomless pit of money, so I imagine that if you want something that is state-of-the-art you have got to pay huge amounts of money. Such prosthetics bring untold benefits to users. It could mean the difference between somebody working and not working, therefore benefiting themselves and the country by paying taxes. People deserve the best. Then again any adaptations for the disabled seem to have a high price. Why is this? That is the question. Why should people with disabilities have to pay vast amounts of money for the equipment they so badly need, whether it's prosthetics, wheelchairs, wheelchair cushions, or adaptations? They all carry a premium. I suppose it's because they are not manufactured in vast quantities, plus there's little competition. There's nothing to drive these prices down. Maybe people who leave vast estates and loads of money to their pet cat, should think again. I had occasion to open the door after somebody rang the doorbell the other day. Standing outside the porch was somebody collecting money for a disabled charity. I asked how this money was going to benefit me? He couldn't say. I suggested the man signs me a cheque, since I am severely disabled. He laughed nervously. I wasn't laughing, I was annoyed. We are honeypots for manufacturers and charities. Am I being too pessimistic here? Anyway, vintage, so glad to see you back. I am not alone in wondering where you were. Please don't tell us your prosthetic had broken and you couldn't get to the computer.
So well put vintage, and mikeq, Thanks for sharing this great research. I would have loved to have seen the face of the man collecting for charity. I wonder what he thought when you opened the door? Good to see you back vintage,
Post by kilg0retr0ut on Jul 25, 2017 6:34:31 GMT -8
Funny how you notice a missing member. I noticed TJ has been down a few days, but seen him on-line today so I'm hoping all was well. We had a thread were I would pester those who hadn't posted in awhile, more just to have them check in. Haven't heard from Youngun in awhile, and have always wondered what became of Kat?
Not high-jacking your thread Vintage. I agree there should be some kind of waver to sign so people can try the experimental treatments.