51 Famous Amputees People

51 Famous Amputees

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List of Famous Amputees, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. An amputee is an individual who has lost a body extremity. Some famous actors, musicians and athletes are amputees. Some of these famous people lost limbs due to accidents, while others became amputees because of severe illnesses like diabetes and blood clots.

Who is the most famous person who is an amputee? Heather Mills tops our list. The former Mrs. Paul McCartney lost her leg below the knee in an accident with a police motorcycle in 1993. She appeared on “Dancing with the Stars” and “Dancing on Ice.” Other famous women who are also amputees include surfer Bethany Hamilton, singer Ella Fitzgerald, and actress Zsa Zsa Gabor.

Outdoorsman Aron Ralston amputated his own arm after he became trapped under a boulder in the middle of Utah in 2003. The film "127 Hours" is based on his experience and stars James Franco. Rock climber Hugh Herr lost both of his legs due to frostbite after being stuck in a blizzard for three nights in 1982. Grateful Dead musician Jerry Garcia lost a finger during a wood chopping accident when he was four years old. He did not let the injury stop him from becoming one of the most famous guitar players of all time.

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    Former CNN anchor Miles O’Brien revealed that his left forearm was amputated in February 2014 after a freak accident. While the journalist was packing up some TV gear, one of the heavy cases toppled onto his left forearm. The advanced swelling led 54-year-old O'Brien to emergency surgery for a potentially life-threatening condition called compartment syndrome. Currently a a PBS science correspondent, O'Brien detailed the incident on his personal blog.

    Born: 1959
    Birthplace: Area code 313, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Contiguous United States + 4 more
    Nationality: United States of America
    Profession: Journalist, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor
    Institution: Georgetown University
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