Science journalist Miles O'Brien was on assignment in the Philippines in February when a case of heavy equipment landed on his left arm. The resulting injury required that his limb be amputated above the elbow. Now, some four months on, O'Brien writes about adjusting to the "mono-mano" lifestyle.
In the emotional short film Phantom Limb, a man finds himself haunted by the ghost of his partner's amputated arm, which grows more monstrous as his guilt looms.
Phantom Limb is a beautifully crafted short film written, directed and animated by Alex Grigg. "In the aftermath of an accident a young couple learn to deal with phantom pains," the description reads. It's a sad little tale selected for the Sundance Film Festival that is worth four minutes of your life.
Okay, so you know your hand? Five fingers. Assorted grasping and carrying shenanigans. Right. So it turns out that your brain is constantly using sensory information to check in and make sure it still knows what's your hand and what's not. And it can be fooled.
Someone comes to you with a problem - they feel as though their limbs do not belong to them. How can you possibly deal with such a huge and psychologically complex difficulty? It's going to be tough, but for now - squirt water in their ear. This actually stimulates a part of the brain that can take away the sensation…
A woman was born with what's known as a phocomelic hand, meaning she was missing a finger and thumb on one of her hands. But when that hand was amputated after a car accident, she developed a five-fingered phantom hand.
Approximately 70 percent of amputees struggle with psychosomatically-induced chronic pain in their missing appendage, known as Phantom Limb Syndrome. This has traditionally been treated with Mirror Therapy but with only mixed success. A new system utilizing a Kinect and VR goggles could help bring patients some much…
A recent historical survey reports that men who've undergone a penectomy will occasionally experience a phantom John Thomas, and it's usually not a painful experience. In fact, some men will experience phantom erections and illusory ejaculation. What a silver lining!