australian father-of-four on track to become the world’s first \'bionic man\' with surgery to give him his legs and arms back
\'I didn\'t pour boiling water for myself,\' he said. \'This is the main purpose.
Father of Brisbaneof-
In June 2012, four people had their limbs broken due to severe toxic shock syndrome, almost killing their lives.
His wife Diane was told they would have to cut off his limbs if Matthew had any chance of survival.
She told them to go ahead with the surgery-the first one at the hospital-and he survived.
Now Matthew, 41, is heading to another medical institution to become the first \"bionic man\" in the world \".
His limbs do not have enough space for the traditional prosthesis to work properly, so steel implants are installed on his bones that highlight his skin, which bionic hands will eventually be installed.
This process is called bone integration, with two surgeries on each limb.
First, place an implant in his bone, which is placed there for six months to allow the bone to grow around it.
In the second stage, bolts are installed on the implants that protrude the skin.
He is the first person to accept all the bone integration of the limbs, and is currently 6 to 12 months away from what he calls \"whizz bang bionics\" installation on the Bolt, including the bionic hand he can operate by bending the bicep and triceps.
Meanwhile, Matthew is strengthening his strength with a short \"training arm\", which he calls \"weight on chopsticks\" and short legs which he calls \"short legs \".
Matthew and Diane, 41, both have four children-Luke, 10, Ben, 9, will, 8, and Emily, 8. 4-since installing his new arms and legs, he is happy to do more for them.
\"There are things that are easier for me to do-I can open a page of a book and it\'s a little easier for me to help them do their homework because I can point out what I\'m talking about, he told the Australian Daily Mail that I could hug them a bit, but they complained that my arms were a bit cold in the winter, just something simple, and it was good.
\"A few days ago, I was instructing one of my sons on how to tie a tie, and last year my eldest son and I were wearing a tie and trying to tie it without pointing a finger was very difficult, I can point out what he needs to do this time.
\"The prosthesis costs half a million dollars-$150,000 per arm and $100,000 per leg-and Matthew needs a new set of prosthetic limbs every six years.
Because if my case is very complicated, I need to do the most complex prosthesis, he said.
To fund the operation, the couple set up a foundation to renovate Matthew and was overwhelmed by the community\'s response and received enough donations to cover medical expenses for the next 10 years.
\"We didn\'t expect any reaction from us.
\"We are lucky,\" said Matthew.
Matthew, head of energy and resources, said, the overwhelming response they received from the community-including 65 local families who joined the food roster to serve them after his first diagnosis-was part of a book that inspired him and Diane to write.
Opening up with this level of detail is a rather difficult decision.
He said, but I think our experience with the community and our ongoing feedback on how our stories help others, we want to help others.
\"There are some good things out of catastrophic things or tragic things that have come out, if we can share with others, if people get positive things out of it, diane told the Australian Daily Mail that it would be great.
The couple met in college and have been dating since the age of 17 and have taken great strength from each other.
\"At the end of the day, no matter what happens, the doors are closed, the kids are sleeping, and this is me and Di, so if that core is not there,\" it\'s almost impossible, \"said Matthew.
\"If she doesn\'t like me and I\'m a lot at home now, it\'s a bit of a problem.
Diane said she took the lead from Matthew, who described Matthew as more \"uniform\"
More excited than herself.
\"I don\'t think I\'ll say I\'m not strong enough to go through it before it all happens, but I\'ll say Matthew is strong enough.
\"I was surprised by my strength,\" she said . \"
\"We are a very good team. we have been together for so long. . .
We are lucky to find each other.
In the end, Matthew said, surviving such a dilemma is a choice that people make.
\"I can choose to be angry that the diagnostic results have not been adopted, I can choose to be angry at Diane\'s decision, but I really thought about it, for me and the people I love, what is the best choice? \' he said.
\"You can choose to focus on what I can\'t do or what I can do.
It doesn\'t help to complain about something-do something or shut up.
He wants to see the Australian people more tolerant of the struggling people around them.
He tells the story of a man he met at the gym and he tells him that he likes to be with him because it makes him feel better about his life.
They mean: I feel good because your life is so bad, my life is better than yours.
If people look at the person and say, \"No matter what difficulties they go through, they learn something that is very valuable to others.
\"If they look for that and [we]
Learning from each other, we will have a more inclusive society.
Hope that by telling our story, people can understand me and our life. can]
Look at someone and think about it: that person gets some amazing gifts that people can learn from.
Matthew and Diane Ames will live with Kate Ames, published by Michael Joseph, rrp $29. 99.
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