Famous People with Amputations
Health concerns and life-changing surgeries aren't just for the
poor or inherently sick. Even those who are well-to-do can go
through a sudden shift or unexpected accident and find themselves
in a position where all the money in the world won't help them.
A bad traffic accident, a long fall, protracted illness or deeply
rooted infections are all causes which commonly lead to serious
injury and amputations among those who suffer from them. Let's
take a look at prominent cases involving famous people who went
through amputations over health concerns. It will quickly become
clear that riches do not necessarily translate to rich health.
List of Famous Amputees
Bonnie St. John Deane
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Robert David Hall
|Ted Kennedy Jr.
Lord Horatio Nelson
John Wesley Powell
While Ted Kennedy Jr. might not be as well known as other relatives
from his family, he's a good example of how even famous, wealthy
people can end up on an operating table for an amputation. In
1973, a certain type of cancer was discovered within his right
The entire limb was amputated. It goes without saying that the
cancer treatments of today are less invasive and more successful
than those of the past. However, particularly aggressive or late-stage
cancer may still elicit amputation when faced in the present.
All cases must be judged on their own merits.
It seems like that particular
case could be attributed to limited medical science
of the time. A more recent example involves Aimee Mullins (pictured
below), who was born without fibula bones in her legs due to a
birth defect. She was born in 1976 and lost her legs only a year
Though she's come far since then as an actress, athlete and model.
Her story, though, is a reminder that even with the best health
care available, things outside of our control will still happen.
Some of them can be pretty debilitating, yet some people like
Mullins has risen to the challenge of overcoming many obstacles
on her successful career.
Brett Smrz was a perfectly healthy person back in 2007 when he
started driving in the SCAA series in San Francisco. Literally
within a week of the time he became a professional driver, he
was temporarily taken out by an off-track accident which led to
losing his left leg just below the knee.
While thinking about what
horrific pain he must have gone through is fairly
morbid, it's important to remember that even today, with all the
advances in modern medical science, sometimes limbs cannot be
saved. Smrz has continued to win races, perform stunts and act.
Oscar Pistorius (pictured above) was only 11 months old when
both his legs were amputated below the knee. Pistorius, with his
prosthetic "ski legs" has come along to become a world
famous track and field star.
Heather Mills (pictured at top), ex-wife of Beatle Paul McCartney,
collided with a police officer on a motorcycle. Because of this
accident, Mills lost her left leg below the knee. In 2007, Mills
performed on TV show Dancing with the Stars proving that disabled
people can do some amazing feats.
The above examples of famous
amputees show that we are all spiritual beings
inside of human bodies and sometimes our bodies will need to be
altered in order to save our own lives.