The Senate passed a resolution today that recognizes the efforts of Pennsylvanians who have been affected by limb loss, according to the resolution’s sponsor, Sen. Chuck McIlhinney (R-10).
The resolution designates April 2017 as Limb Loss Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. The designation is part of a nationwide movement to raise awareness of the struggles faced by people affected by limb loss.
“Even the most advanced prosthetic devices require numerous adjustments and frequent replacements, and the constant process of trial and error in fitting and using these devices can be disheartening and financially distressing not only for the individual, but also for their family,” McIlhinney said. “The general public is often unaware of the challenges faced by the amputee community.”
McIlhinney noted that several members of his staff have family members who have undergone amputations. According to the Amputee Coalition of America, a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting those who are affected by limb loss, more than 2 million Americans have experienced amputation or were born with limb difference. Each day, more than 500 U.S. residents lose a limb.
McIlhinney offered remarks regarding his resolution during Senate session. Video of his remarks is available at www.senatormcilhinney.com.