Inspiring Stories

Achmat Hassiem

Shark attack survivor, Paralympic swimmer, Motivational speaker, Regular guy – all with the help of the Cape Amputee Clininc

Shark attack survivor, Achmat Hassiem, lost his foot to a Great White when participating in a Lifeguard training session at Sunrise beach in Muizenberg in 2006. But he never lost his zest for life. Since then, Hassiem has made an amazing recovery, learning to walk with his prosthetic foot, even going so far as to compete in the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.


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Annette F.


Annette is the recipient of the world’s first commercially-available, fully integrated bionic prosthetic leg, called the Symbionic Leg. Annette, who lost her leg through cancer, was recently fitted with this device by well-known Amputee Clinic  prosthetist duo Jayson Chin and Dave Herman at the Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital.

She is the first person in the Southern Hemisphere to be fitted with this new technology, demonstrating that world-leading medical expertise is available in South Africa.

Annette started her journey at the Cape Amputee Clinic, a multi-disciplinary facility for amputees, where she was physically and psychologically equipped to tackle the challenge of her upcoming amputation and the possible changes to her lifestyle. Jayson, who runs the clinic said “It is very moving to see her progress and what he she has been able to achieve. Her positive attitude and courage has been amazing. It’s very satisfying and rewarding to work with such inspirational individuals”.

The Symbionic Leg is manufactured by Össur, the innovative Icelandic company behind athlete Oscar Pistorius’ prosthetic running “blades”. The leg is a self-learning prosthetic system that uses advanced sensor technology to adapt to the user’s gait and has the ability to revolutionise the quality of life for above-knee amputees as users can now have complete confidence in their mobility on all terrains without walking pattern deviations or compensations.


Oscar Pistorius

South African sprint runner. Known as the “Blade Runner” and “the fastest man on no legs”


Natalie Du Toit

Natalie du Toit is a South African swimmer. She is best known for the gold medals she won at the 2004 Paralympic Games as well as the Commonwealth Games.


Terry Fox

Marathon of Hope founder. With a prostheic limb, he ran close to 42 kilometres (26 miles) a day through Canada’s Atlantic provinces for a 143 days and 5,373 kilometres (3,339 miles) raising money for Cancer.


Bethany Hamilton

Elite surfer Bethany Hamilton was attacked by a shark, losing her left arm and nearly her life. Today, the teenager is catching big waves once again on a specially designed surfboard, and she’s written a book about her journey back to the water.


Tom Whittaker

Tom Whittaker rocked conventional wisdom when, as an amputee, he created a world first by becoming the first person with a disability to climb Mount Everest. Now he is aiming for a new world record; to become the first amputee to conquer the highest peak on each of seven continents.


Rick Allen

Rick is the drummer for the English hard rock band Def Leppard. He is famous for overcoming the complete amputation of his left arm and continuing to play with the band, which subsequently went on to its greatest popular success worldwide. His fans now call him the “Thunder God”.

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