An amputee is an individual who has undergone an amputation of some sort. An amputee might have undergone a medical amputation, or he or she might have undergone a traumatic amputation. An amputee might have had any part of his or her extremities amputated. This does not mean that all amputees are missing at least one entire limb, however. Amputees might have had a single toe amputated, and would still qualify as amputees, as the operation to remove a toe is still an amputation.
An arm amputee is an individual who has had
one or both of his or her arms amputated. The arm amputee might still have most
of his or her arms, however, as he or she could still be called an arm amputee
if he or she had his or her hand amputated. An arm amputee will likely counter
certain problems arising from a decreased amount of functionality comparative
to his or her functionality prior to the amputation, but there are many ways
for an arm amputee to surmount any such difficulties, and many arm amputees
live perfectly normal lives without difficulty.
A quad amputee is an individual who has had
both of his or her arms and both of his or her legs amputated. Such amputation
might be the result of a severe case of frostbite, for example, although there
are many other conditions which might account for such amputation. A quad
amputee will likely encounter increased difficulty in functioning normally, but
there are a number of different prostheses and tools which can allow a quad
amputee to continue to live a normal life without great difficulty.
A leg amputee is an individual who has had either one or both of his or her legs amputated. A doctor might decide to amputate an individual's legs if, for example, he or she had diabetes, and was experiencing severe circulatory problems that might have led to major complications with his or her legs. Even if a doctor does amputate an individual's legs, however, the individual will likely have access to a great many tools which will allow him or her to lead a functional life.