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Macquarie University Hospital to welcome Prince Harry

Macquarie University Hospital to welcome Prince Harry

  •  HRH to visit British soldier Lt Alistair Spearing, undergoing groundbreaking treatment to fit prosthetic legs
  • HRH to meet leading surgeon Munjed Al Muderis who performed osseointegration surgery on Lt Spearing

Macquarie University Hospital, Australia’s first and only private not-for-profit teaching hospital on a university campus, will tomorrow be honoured by a visit from Prince Harry.

His Royal Highness will visit Macquarie University Hospital to meet Lieutenant Alistair Spearing, a 31 year old British soldier who lost both of his legs above the knee in an IED explosion in Afghanistan in 2011. Lieutenant Spearing travelled across the world to the osseointegration clinic at Macquarie University Hospital for groundbreaking treatment from orthopaedic surgeon, Associate Professor Munjed Al Muderis.

Lt Spearing underwent bilateral single stage osseointegration on April 15. Osseointegration is where an implant is inserted into an amputee’s residual limb. When integrated with the bone, it allows for a simple, quick and safe connection between the stump and prosthesis. This provides amputees with greater mobility, comfort and quality of life.

On April 28, Lt Spearing had his new robotic legs fitted and is undergoing daily physiotherapy. He started on crutches on 1 May and is now walking short distances.

Associate Professor Al Muderis, who treated Lt Spearing, is a leading orthopaedic hip and knee surgeon and osseointegration specialist in Australia. The osseointegration clinic at Macquarie University Hospital is fast becoming a world leader in the groundbreaking technique to provide greater support and mobility for amputees.

Associate Professor Al Muderis is one of just a handful of surgeons worldwide who has special expertise in trans-femoral and trans-humeral amputations and people travel from all over the world for treatment. He has performed 115 such operations – the world’s largest number by a single surgeon.

Macquarie University Hospital CEO Carol Bryant said the team was thrilled by the visit.

“We’re very proud of the groundbreaking work being carried by Associate Professor Al Muderis. Our approach to treatment is to combine the best available knowledge and expertise to ensure patients like Lt Spearing receive the best possible treatment, compassion, support and care.”

NOTES FOR MEDIA:

This is a private visit subject to media pool arrangements. People wanting to catch a glimpse of His Royal Highness, should go to the Sydney Opera House on Thursday around 12.30pm. For more information about Macquarie University Hospital: http://www.muh.org.au/

Media Contact: Amy McIntyre, Macquarie University T: +61 (2) 9850 4051  T: + 61 407 200 474  E: amy.macintyre@mq.edu.au

A copy of this release will be available online at www.mq.edu.au/newsroom

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