|What happened? Where are your arms?
|FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
|I was born without arms. The technical term for my condition is “congenital bilateral upper amputee”.
|Congenital = at birth Bilateral = both left & right sides Upper amputee = missing one or both arms
Instead of an arm on my left side, I have a small, finger-like appendage. The technical name for this is phocomelia.
“Phocomelia is a congenital malformation (birth defect) in which the hands are attached to abbreviated arms. The
word phocomelia combines phoco- (seal) and -melia (limb) to designate a limb like a seal’s flipper.”
|Source: On-line Medical Dictionary (OMD) http://cancerweb.ncl.ac.uk/omd/
I don’t have an arm or any type of appendage on my right side. The technical name for this is hemimelia.
“Hemimelia is a growth disorder marked by the absence or extreme shortening of the lower portion of one or more
of the limbs. The condition may involve either or both of the bones of the lower arm or leg.”
|Source: MedBio World http://www.sciencekomm.at/advice/dict.html
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