The Conaway Foundation for Cosmetic Prosthetics provides funding for persons suffering from limb or facial amputation. In the United States alone, it is estimated that there are 1.6 to 1.8 million limb amputees with another 185,000 new limb amputees added each year. These numbers are expected to double in the United States by 2050 to 3.6 million.
Worldwide the numbers are much, much larger with the World Heath Organization estimating there are at least 30 million persons who have lost a limb due to medical reasons such as diabetes and cancer, warfare, accidents, and congenital deformities. Some experts believe this number is low, as many poor and developing and war torn nations do not have the capacity to keep accurate statistics. Just accepting the 30 million number means the worldwide number of amputees worldwide could easily double to 60 million by 2050.
For persons suffering from some type of facial amputation such as the loss of a nose, ear, or eye, or the loss of a portion of their chin due to surgery, there are no accurate worldwide figures. The number is probably daunting, however, and such persons probably face tremendous odds at living a remotely normal life, especially in many developing nations.
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