By Mirvat Chammout
Unis Middle School
Life for Shaniqa Wilson is difficult without an arm.
“I was born without an arm but I think it’s better to have a mechanical arm than no arm at all,” said Wilson. “I can’t play sports or swim without a second arm, but I can tie my shoes because my uncle taught me. Sometimes people used to call me names.”
There are lots of people in the world who are missing a limb. The Amputee Coalition, which in April held its first limb loss awareness month, said 2 million Americans are living with a limb loss.
Wilson explained that she was going to get a mechanical right arm and said she was not nervous at all. She said that she would feel much better when she got the mechanical arm. She also said that the doctors are going to attach sensors to her muscles and attach them to the mechanical the arm. “I have to plug it to a battery outlet and it runs 48 hours when it’s charged,” said Wilson.
She said that there would be no surgery and that Children’s Hospital of Michigan and the Michigan Institute for Electronic Limb Development would pay for the arm.
Dr. Edward Drombrowski, from Children’s Hospital in Detroit, met and interviewed them and, hearing Wilson’s story, he thought she was perfect for the attachment of the arm. The is called a myoelectric prosthetic limb.
I also interviewed my uncle, Rachad Khail about having one arm. “I don’t have an arm because I was born without one,” he said.
“No one made fun of me because, if they did, I would beat them up. I had difficulty in middle school in typing class.”
Khail said his parents taught him how to tie his shoes or he taught himself and that he was used to having one arm.