PhD candidate Katleho Limakatso, assistant lecturer in the chronic-pain management unit based in the department of anaesthesia and peri-operative medicine, was wrapping up his work at Victoria Hospital in August 2012.
He was on his way to catch a bus when a sobbing man stopped him. It was his left foot, he said, and the burning pain was unbearable.
UCT spokesperson Thami Nkwanyane said Limakatso’s first reaction was to help. “The patient was an amputee, his left leg had been removed. But he could still feel a stabbing pain in a foot he no longer had.”
Last year, Limakatso and his supervisor, associate professor Romy Parker, completed a randomised control trial investigating the effectiveness of graded motor imagery for reducing phantom limb pain in amputees.