The Team Around the Client Magazine

January 2023 | Edition 8

Kerstin Scheel RWK Goodman

A note from the Editor

Our Injury division here at RWK Goodman is incredibly proud of the work we do for our clients who have lost a limb.

The staff in our head office in Bath have been particularly touched by little Harmonie-Rose Allen, a local young girl and quadruple amputee, who survived severe meningococcal septicaemia as a toddler. Her indomitable spirit saw her win the “Child of Courage” award at the Pride of Britain Awards in 2011. With the benefit of prosthetic limbs and a bionic arm she has been able to take part in the Bath Half Marathon, swimming and gymnastics, all whilst fundraising for the Charity Meningitis Now.

The mindset and determination to overcome physical diversity is seen amongst many para-athletes, including the US Paralympian Aimee Mullins, who has commented: “There’s an important difference and distinction between the objective medical fact of my being an amputee and the subjective societal opinion of whether or not I’m disabled. Truthfully, the only real and consistent disability I’ve had to confront is the world ever thinking that I could be described by those definitions.”

She also reports that: “I’ve had journalists asking me, ‘What do we call you – is it handicapped, are you disabled, physically challenged?’ I said, ‘Well hopefully you could just call me Aimee. But if you have to describe it, I’m a bilateral below-the-knee amputee.

As you will read in this edition of the Team Around the Client magazine, the importance of excellent rehabilitation, support and prosthetics is key to ensuring those with an amputation are able to reach their full potential. The design and technology around prosthetic limbs is simply amazing and we hope better funding and access to companies such as Dorset Orthopaedics is made via the NHS.

I hope you find this edition of the Team Around the Client Magazine a worthwhile read!

Kerstin Scheel, Partner and Editor of our Team Around the Client Magazine

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