Image caption Peter Rowswell nursed a guess-the-weight tournament of his amputated leg to raise money for charity

A man who wanted to donate his amputated leg chose to hold a guess-the-weight competition last month after his appendage was accepted for use in scientific research. But what are the rules about what you can do with an amputated appendage?

Each year, there are between 5,000 and 6,000 major limb amputations carried out nationally. After surgery, the limbs are regularly incinerated as medical waste – but amputees say there should be more choices made available.

“It would have been nice to have been given an option, ” said Pete Rowswell, from Langport in Somerset.

He elected to have his leg amputated after his club paw generated him years of ache. “It’s like a last goodbye to part of you, ” he said.

Currently, hospital relies and surgeons are left to decide their own program in relation to amputations.

Image caption Mr Rowswell wanted to donate his leg for medical research but says doctors did not want “a deformed and twisted” extremity

“From a law view “youre free” to do anything with[ an amputated appendage] as long as there is not a public health issue, ” says Jenna Khalfan, from the Human Tissue Authority.

“Broadly we would say that an individual who wanted to take their tissue residence with them would need to give written consent that would be recorded by the hospital to ensure traceability.”

But then there is the matter of what to do with an amputated leg or arm if it is liberated to you.

Although according to section 9 of the Cremation Regulations Act 2008, you cannot cremate a appendage from someone who is still alive – simply from someone who has died – there are still selections.

Media captionWhat are the rules about what you can do with an amputated leg ?

Sabia Rehman, the Muslim chaplain of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, has set up what she believes is the first public burial site in the UK for amputated limbs.

“The fight to get a website started when a young man had his lower leg amputated and he wanted to inter it, ” she said.

“He was told that he could take it dwelling and inter it in the plot but he felt unpleasant doing this.”

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Image caption Eerez Avramov, who chose to have his injury fucking leg removed, hopes to become the first amputee to compete in the Dakar Rally

So she set up a campaign for a burial site and two years later a shared seat set up in a Sheffield graveyard.

Limbs are kept in a mortuary and the burial site is opened twice a year to inter them. Anyone can use the free service and so far about 20 appendages have been buried there.

“It’s not just about Muslim cases, it’s about every single case being given a option, ” said Ms Rehman.

But the amputee parish itself is not consolidated about the question of choice.

Stuart Holt, chair of the Limbless Association, lost both his legs 18 years ago after contracting meningitis.

“I didn’t know, never questioned, never questioned – I was just glad that I didn’t using them to any more, ” he said.

“Some people say they want them stored and lay with them. I can’t understand why anyone would want to.”

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Image caption The cremated remains of Eerez Avramov’s leg

But, according to motivational orator and amputee Eerez Avramov, the issue is about their entitlements and options for those who have lost limbs.

Three times after a auto accident in Canada he elected to have his badly injury right leg amputated. He asked surgeons to keep the extremity in order to be allowed to format for it to be cremated.

“I wanted to part from my limb in an honourable course which for me included a ceremonial parting party and cremation, ” he said.

One foot in the grave

Lord Uxbridge’s leg was shattered by a gun shot at the Battle of Waterloo. Harmonizing to an anecdote, he was close to the Duke of Wellington when he was hit, and uttered: “By God, sir, I’ve lost my leg”, to which Wellington replied: “By God, sir, so you have.”

Uxbridge’s amputated leg was interred and later became a tourist entertainment. His floor is said to be the muse for the word “one foot in the grave”, which is how Uxbridge went on to describe his life after amputation.

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Image caption Lord Uxbridge’s leg was amputated after the Battle of Waterloo

In the graveyard of St Mary’s church in Strata Florida , north Wales, is a headstone with a picture of a leg engraved into it. The inscription speaks: “The left leg and the members of the thigh of Henry Hughes Cooper, was cut off and interr’d here, June 18, 1756. ”

Apparently, the rest of Henry Hughes Cooper went to America and he was never reunited with the limb.

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Image caption The stone recognizing the tomb of the leg of Henry Hughes Cooper in St Mary’s Church, Strata Florida

Gen Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson was erroneously shot by his own souls during the night of 2 May 1863 at the Battle of Chancellorsville during the course of its American Civil War. His left arm was amputated and was taken to the family graveyard for burying.

On being told the news, Confederate infantry officer Robert E Lee said: “He has lost his left arm, but I have lost my right arm.”

Today, the Jackson Shrine is part of Fredericksburg& Spotsylvania National Military Park in Virginia.

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Image caption Stonewall Jackson’s arm is buried in the family cemetery at Ellwood, Virginia

Mr Avramov sowed the ashes of his leg and had some been integrated into a piece of glass art.

He is in contact with amputees from across the world via internet forums and says parties facing amputation should be given more choices: “On the most part they are told what to do by their doctors and not question their advice.

“I am a strong counselor of self-empowerment and advise people to question any advice they receive.”

He lent: “At the end of the day this is our mas and innately we always know what is best for us. The question is, are we open enough to listen and follow it? ”

Mr Rowswell wanted to donate his leg for medical research but said “they didn’t require a deform and twisted leg like mine”.

Instead he decided to hold a kindnes weigh-in and raised practically 1,500 for the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.

“It’s been part of my person from the beginning, ” he said. “Whether or not it stimulates problems it is a part of you, and I understand the need to say goodbye.”


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