April 24, 2017

Soldiers and officers wounded in the April 2016 battles have been provided with high-tech artificial limbs following Mehriban Aliyeva’s initiative

Works on the project "Provision of soldiers and officers wounded in the April 2016 battles with high-tech artificial limbs", under the instruction of Azerbaijan’s First Vice-president, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva, have been finalized.


The taskforce established with participation of employees of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and relevant state entities had, in the first stage of the project, individual meetings with each soldier and officer wounded during the April 2016 battles, who were in need of a prosthetic limbs, and an individual approach was applied to each of them. Thus, individual features, lifestyle, degree of activity, employment of the soldiers and officers wounded during the April 2016 battles, as well as individual requirement of each user were analysed and high-tech products of leading prosthesis manufacturers were chosen for our military men.


In accordance with the instruction given by Azerbaijan’s First Vice-president Mehriban Aliyeva at a meeting held with a group of wounded soldiers and officers of our army on April 3rd, necessary works have been carried out over the course of 20 days on the project, and amputated motor parts of the military men were provided with a prosthetic limbs. These state-of-the-art prostheses allows to ensure normal motion dynamics. Specialists of the taskforce will both provide the prosthetic limbs and maintenance thereof in the future stages.


Technical features of the new prosthetic limbs applied provides motor compatibility with the amputated part. Due to this feature, maximum adaptation is ensured between a prosthesis and a lower or upper limb. A user feels the prosthesis as a continuation of the amputated part, and he makes steps more easily and moves more actively.


The primary objective of the project implemented under the instruction  of First Vice-president of the Republic of Azerbaijan, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva is to ensure that soldiers and officers wounded during the April 2016 battles are able to lead an active life.   


Our soldiers and officers thanked First Vice-president Mehriban Aliyeva for the care and attention shown towards them. Saying “We experienced great happiness twice: upon liberating strategic heights from occupation in the April 2016 battles, and when we got the chance to return to fully normal lifestyle”, - our military men are looking forward to doing greater works for the Homeland.


On the technical features of the prostheses applied:


Harmony P3 – transtibial prosthesis with active vacuum system


This artificial limb is the “Harmony P3” active vacuum system prosthesis of Germany’s “Ottobock” company, which is suitable for the cases of under-knee amputations. An active vacuum device built between the socket and the dynamic carbon leg of this prosthesis creates negative pressure between the amputation stump and the socket, and due to this negative pressure, the leg and the prosthesis are maximum adapted to each other. As a result, the leg and the prosthesis become a single unit, and the user feels the artificial limb as the continuation of his own leg and makes steps more easily and confidently. Another essential feature of the negative pressure created by the active vacuum system is that it improves blood circulation in the stump, which, in turn, ensures its quick recovery.


C-leg transfemoral prosthesis with microprocessor control system


The transfemoral prosthesis with “C-leg microprocessor” control system, widely applied in above-knee amputations, is an electronic knee joint improved by engineers of Germany’s “Ottobock” Company. So, the “C-leg” specialists, relying on the biomechanical features of the musculoskeletal [locomotor] system, have ensured maximum consistency of the movement using the prosthesis with a human’s natural motion. There are two highly sensitive sensors built in the “C-leg ” knee joint, and through these sensors, motor signal received from the ground while in motion are conveyed to the microprocessor control system, and adaptation to changing grounds is ensured while in motion.


The “C-leg” prosthesis has a special software, and 3 different functions corresponding to the user’s requirements may be uploaded into the prosthesis through this software. For example: free movement, running, and riding a bicycle.



 “BeBionic 3” - 6-channel bionic transhumeral  prosthesis


“BeBionic 3” 6-channel bionic transhumeral upper limb prosthesis is a make of the Great Britain’s RSL Steeper Company, and is a bionic hand prosthesis most widely applied in the world due to its functionality and easiness of use. 


“BeBionic 3” upper limb prosthesis conveys motor signals received from the brain to the microprocessor control system through two sensitive electrodes built into the prosthesis. Signals received in the control system are, after being processed, transferred to the motors built in the prosthesis. These motors, taking care of independent motion of each finger, ensures different motions that the user may benefit from in the daily life. The wrist joint of “BeBionic 3” upper limb prosthesis too has an electronic control system with the ability to turn 360 degrees. The knee joint being used in above-elbow amputations too has possibilities of opening and folding up.


Silicon cosmetic leg prostheses


Silicon cosmetic leg prostheses are appropriate for Syme, Chopart and Lisfranc amputations of the lower limb and are made of natural silicon with no harmful and allergic effects. Silicon cosmetic leg prostheses are made individually, in accordance with the user’s skin colour and the leg’s anatomic shape. They do not differ much from a natural leg, being very easy in use and putting on.