Law change needed so more equipment can be reused, says amputee


An amputee whose donation of prosthetic limbs worth £30,000 was refused has called for a change in the law.

Shaun Stocker, from Wrexham in North Wales, lost both legs while serving as a solider thinks that there could be thousands of working artificial limbs that cannot be reused.

Mr Stocker attempted to give away his pair of artificial legs, worth £15,000 each, to a centre in the UK but was refused because they were classed as “second hand medical equipment”, meaning they could not be used.

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He has been able to donate the equipment to a different organisation in South Africa but fears people could be missing out on prosthetics because they are unable to afford them.

He told the North Wales Daily Post that he has had many sets of limbs over the years which he no longer uses because of continual upgrades.

Mr Stocker said: “Rather than them collect dust in the attic, I’ve tried to give them to someone locally who might not be able to afford a computer knee.

“Sadly, here in the UK, prosthetic centres are unable to reuse these due to a law stating they are ‘second hand medical equipment’.

“I’m extremely pleased that someone in South Africa will receive a better quality of life using them.

“I think there needs to be a change in the law. There could be thousands of limbs that can’t be reused and there may be many people that can’t afford advanced prosthetics.”

The newspaper approached The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency for comment.

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