(O’FALLON, IL) – Nearly 2 million people living in the United States have experienced limb loss, according to the Amputee Coalition, a national nonprofit patient advocacy organization for people affected by limb loss.

Over half are a result of vascular disease (including diabetes and peripheral arterial disease). Other causes include trauma and cancer. It is estimated that by 2050, 3.6 million people in the U.S. will be living with limb loss.

To serve these patients and their caregivers, HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital proudly welcomes a new support group. The Metro East Amputees Support Group will meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 7p.m. in the boardroom of the hospital. Attendees can enter the main lobby under blue “Hospital” sign and proceed straight down hall to boardroom.
 
The first meeting is June 26, 2019.
 
“The goal of the group is to get together and discusses everyday issues faced as an amputee,” noted support group coordinator Doug West. “Loved ones, friends and caregivers are all welcome to attend, be a support to the amputee and receive support on those hard days.”
 
Members can learn ways to adapt to life’s challenges through education and support and discover local opportunities for amputees, such as sport and volunteer programs.
 
For additional questions or for more information about meetings, please email metroeastamputees@gmail.com or call/text 618-515-4100. Those interested can also follow the group on Facebook at Metro East Amputees.

Media Contact

Kelly Barbeau

Manager, Marketing & Communications
HSHS Illinois
Office: (618) 234-2120, Ext. 41270
kelly.barbeau@hshs.org

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