The amputation of a limb can be a terrible but necessary medical procedure, but now, new technologies and treatments are bringing hope to anyone who might be facing it. Aung is a podiatrist and certified wound specialist who says amputation should be the last resort. “Once a person has one amputation, they’re likely to have another amputation in three to five years,” she explains. “And the mortality rate in a five-year time period is about 50 percent once you have an amputation.” Aung’s wish to save patients’ limbs and thus save their lives is why she is helping to start the first Arizona chapter of the Save a Leg, Save a Life Foundation. Its members include doctors, nurses, patients, physical therapists and others who meet to share innovative treatments and ideas. “We want to save those limbs, and we think by doing that, we are actually saving their lives down the road,” she explains. She practices at Aung Foot Health Clinics in Tucson, AZ.
May 3, 2013 — Anna Hudson