In 2009, five locals each had a limb amputated. While the stigma of living as an amputee is less in 2010 than in 1995, it is no less a life changing experience. This two-part health feature shares the experience of Charles Cannegieter – a senior citizen who is living as an amputee but has a very active and vibrant life. Also covered is much of what needs to be known about the amputation procedure, recovery and the A-Z of prosthetics.
Charles Reginald Cannegieter was born April 2, 1924, on Anguilla. Around the age of 13, he moved to Sint Maarten where has lived for most of his life. As a civil servant, he and his colleagues spent days planting produce like onion, peas, potatoes, yam and cabbage for the government. The produce was collected and sold on island or shipped to Curaçao and other islands. After 62 years as a civil servant, the hobbyist planter retired but kept an active life.
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