The Philippine Army has said that “for year 2020, 45 battle amputated soldiers were given prostheses to help them get back on their old way of life.”
It added that “at present, a total of 53 battle and non-battle related injuries are currently admitted at the Army General Hospital where they focus on the treatment of injuries and improving their condition.”
The Army said to help amputated soldiers new prosthetic limbs are being provided and coordination is being made with private institutions such as the Ottobock Philippines Corp., an orthotics and prosthetics service provider.
“Aside from other medical treatment and assistance; soldiers undergo therapy and rehabilitation programs to familiarize themselves with their new prostheses. This forms part of the recovery process of regaining their strength and motor skills,” it added.
The Army has cited the heroism of Corporal Ariel Reyes from the 28th Infantry Battalion who lost his left hand during a fierce battle in Lupon, Davao Oriental in April 2019.
“Na-snipe at sumabog ang M203 sa harapan ko. Doon ko nakita na wala na ang baril ko at ang mas masakit, hindi ko na rin nakita ang kamay ko ,” said Corporal Reyes.“Napatingala ako sa langit at nabigkas ang mga salitang ‘Panginoon, hindi ko pa oras. Hindi ako susuko, kaya ko pa at may naghihintay pa sa akin.’ Gumapang kami ng iba kong kasamahan papunta sa safety area. Doon nakita ko ang iba ko pang mga kasamahan na sugatan din.”
“Habang nilalapatan [ako] ng first aid, pinilit kong hindi pumikit dahil takot akong baka hindi na ako magising. Ipinahanap ko sa mga kasama ko yung baril at kamay ko pero hanggang ngayon hindi na narecover dahil wasak at durog na,” he added. “Sa ganitong sitwasyon, importanteng hindi ka panghinaan ng loob para hindi ma-low morale ang iyong mga kasamahan.”