Prosthetics intern shines in Germany

BEST FO0T FORWARD: Yanga Sibidla helps SA Orthotic and Prosthetic Association administrator Stanford Slabbert fit a new prosthesis at the Advanced Health Centre in Pickering Street, Newton Park. Picture: BRIAN WITBOOI
BEST FO0T FORWARD: Yanga Sibidla helps SA Orthotic and Prosthetic Association administrator Stanford Slabbert fit a new prosthesis at the Advanced Health Centre in Pickering Street, Newton Park. Picture: BRIAN WITBOOI

A PORT ELIZABETH resident has returned home from Germany after presenting his research in diabetic neuropathy to some of the greatest medical minds from around the world.

Yanga Sibidla, 25, a medical orthotist and prosthetist intern at Port Elizabeth’s Provincial Hospital, presented his final year BSc research paper at the Orthopaedie and Reha-Technik (OT) World Congress in Leipzig earlier this year.

His paper, which looked at the importance and relevance of early diagnosis, was chosen from more than 200 submissions from 28 countries. The paper – Prevalence of Peripheral Neuropathy on the Contralateral Limb of Unilateral Diabetic Amputees – also earned him the runner-up position for the Best Young Person’s Presentation. More than 20000 attended. – Tremaine van Aardt

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