Saturday, August 19, 2006

Shark bite survivor receives offer for prosthesis

By Odette Ismail

The survivor of a shark attack, Achmat Hassiem accepted an offer for a free prosthesis and rehabilitation for a year. According to Independent Online, Hassiem may be in a position to walk in six weeks.

An orthotics and prosthetics company called Progressive Ortho-paedics in Cape Town at Vincent Palloti hospital, offered to pay for his therapy and biokinetic rehabilitation. The cost of the limb can be expected to be roughly R60 000.

Hassiem a lifeguard of the False Bay Life Saving Association was attacked last Sunday, when he was busy taking part in an exercise at Sunrise Beach in Muizenberg. It was reported that he might have been bitten by a Great White which bit off his right foot.

Jayson Chin owner of Progressive Orthopaedics decided to assist the Hassiem Family as the company heard that Hassiem was not covered by medical aid
Hassiem says he thinks that it is a great gesture and cannot wait to recover so that he can continue being a lifeguard.



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