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Silvia Vallejo and Ismael Almagro, Sarah's parents.
Silvia Vallejo and Ismael Almagro, Sarah's parents. / Josele

Amputees in Andalucía to get more 'personalised' prostheses thanks to a campaign by Sarah Almagro's family

  • The modification of the decree which regulates orthopaedic prosthesis provision will also include the possibility of joint financing by the patient

The campaign led by the family of Sarah Almagro, the Marbella teenager who lost her arms and legs to sepsis in 2018, is starting to bear fruit.

Ismael Almagro, Sarah's father, has been informed this week by the Andalusian Health Service (SAS) that from the summer amputees will be entitled to greater, more personalised provisions.

After consulting with the regional government last year, the Almagro family have forced through a change to the 195/98 decree which regulates orthopaedic prosthesis provision. The change will mean that each amputee patient will be able to return to "his or her normality".

"Each case is different and personalised treatments must be put in place," Almagro explained. "An elderly person with one amputated limb is not the same as a young, active person with four amputated limbs. The needs are different."

The modification of the rule will also include the possibility of joint financing by the patient. "Suppose a person is entitled to a prosthesis and is not happy with it. With this change, he or she will be able to get a better one by paying the difference," he said.