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Research Article  |   May 2006
A Case Report on the Collaboration of Health Care Professionals in Fitting and Training Seven Iraqi Clients With Right Wrist Disarticulations 9 Years Postamputation
Author Affiliations
  • Suzanne M. Krenek, MOT, OTR, ATP, is Occupational Therapist, Spinal Cord Injury and Amputee Programs, Department of Occupational Therapy, The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research, 1333 Moursund, Houston, Texas 77030; krenes@tirr.tmc.edu; 713-797-5719
  • Myra Vasquez, OTR, is OT Supervisor, Spinal Cord Injury and Amputee Programs, The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research, Houston, Texas
Article Information
Hand and Upper Extremity / Education of OTs and OTAs / Multidisciplinary Practice / Applications for Assistive Technology
Research Article   |   May 2006
A Case Report on the Collaboration of Health Care Professionals in Fitting and Training Seven Iraqi Clients With Right Wrist Disarticulations 9 Years Postamputation
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May/June 2006, Vol. 60, 340-347. doi:10.5014/ajot.60.3.340
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May/June 2006, Vol. 60, 340-347. doi:10.5014/ajot.60.3.340
Abstract

In 1995, seven men from Iraq had their right hands surgically amputated under the regime of Saddam Hussein. The men have lived with the shame, that is associated with missing a right hand in their culture, since that time. Recently, the media and a team of health care providers collaborated to bring these seven men to Houston, Texas, for surgical revisions, prosthetic hands, and occupational therapy services. The preprosthetic, interim-prosthetic, and postprosthetic interventions are discussed, as well as the typical time frames for each. This case report outlines the time restrictions that were placed on the health care team and demonstrates the continuous collaborative approach between occupational therapists, prosthetists, and other health care professionals, which contributed to the initial successful outcomes for these men.