Given a new chance

2016-07-19 06:00
Rosemary Solomons, Zoe (granddaughter), Kryska Schilling, Michael Solomons, Joshua (grandson) and Meagan (daughter) in the surgery before he fitted his prosthesis on Monday.

Rosemary Solomons, Zoe (granddaughter), Kryska Schilling, Michael Solomons, Joshua (grandson) and Meagan (daughter) in the surgery before he fitted his prosthesis on Monday.

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Michael Solomons from Tafelsig is the recipient of a prosthesis as part of Kryska Schilling Orthopedics’ 67 Minutes for Mandela that was held on Monday 18 July.

“This is the first time that we are doing this but we would like this to become a yearly tradition for the practice. His daughter Meagan contacted us for a consultation regarding the possibility of her father getting a prosthesis and on Monday he came in for the cast of his prosthesis,” says Kryska.

Solomons lost his left leg three years ago due to diabetic complications. At that time he was denied approval for prosthesis through a government center. The physiotherapists wouldn’t approve a prosthesis because he had trouble balancing on crutches. Since then his health and balance has improved and he is now a viable candidate for a prosthesis.

“When Meagan phoned and said that he is ready for the prosthesis I decided to do this as my contribution to Mandela Day. Below knee prosthetics can cost anything from R40 000 but it is very important not to use price as a reference because every patient has individual needs,” she adds.

According to her some Medical Aids have prosthetic benefits available that pay for prosthetics or part thereof. There is other funding such as Road Accident Fund that pay for prosthesis.

Solomons does not have medical aid and has not been able to work since the amputation. “This is why we are donating our time and the necessary components to provide him with a prosthesis,” Kryska says.

She is an orthotist prosthetist that qualified at Tshwane University of Technology in 2006. She then proceeded to work in the government sector and in the private sector. In November she opened her own practice Kryska Schilling Orthopedics in Bellville.

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