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I own 3 left legs. What should I do with these things?

Old 04-24-2019, 06:34 PM
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Default I own 3 left legs. What should I do with these things?

Well, 2, if you don't count my actual left leg.

My grandpa is a above the knee amputee due to MRSA infection from a knee replacement surgery.

The VA pays for a new leg for him every few years. He recently moved into a nursing home, and I ended up with his old legs.

I decided the comedic value of owning 2 prosthetic legs was worth taking them home.

I've looked into charities, but all of them I can find won't pay shipping, and these things are at least 25lbs each, and since I don't have enough stuff to write off over the standard deduction, it wouldn't make a difference in my taxes.

They aren't worth much in scrap, its titanium but low grade.

Any other ideas on what I can do with them, besides shove them up my rear end?
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Old 04-24-2019, 06:38 PM
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Try donating them to your local VA or college? Or Craigslist!
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How much is ground shipping? I think I would just ship them, knowing they were going to a good cause. What could it be, maybe $30?
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How much is ground shipping? I think I would just ship them, knowing they were going to a good cause. What could it be, maybe $30?
Probably closer to $50 because of their size.
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Originally Posted by WeeKilt View Post
Try donating them to your local VA or college? Or Craigslist!
Oh, interesting. I should see if my local college has an orthopedic department that might want them.
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https://www.amputee-coalition.org/re...imb-donations/
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I know a guy who used to make prosthetic limbs. When he retired he put a bunch up for sale on E-Bay.

Apparently there's a fetish for this kind of stuff and they'll pay top dollar.
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Ok, Ok... there isn't much of a fetish market, lol. I am a prosthetist, and we make prosthetic limbs for people. Amputees buy stuff off of ebay for their own use. Some gets purchased for use out of the country.

There are local prosthetic facilities that can probably help you with these. Federal law prohibits us reselling components, but we can donate them. I donate quite a bit. The value of the legs I will have donated this year will be over 60K.

Anyway, if local prosthetic companies can't help you donate them, then you could give them to a physical therapy school. And if all that fails, I will pay the shipping for you to send them down here to Florida and I will use them for people in need.

Am donating one for a high school student who lost leg due to cancer, right now. There was an article about her in the paper recently, I will see if I can share a link.

Glad you are putting your best foot forward for your grandpa... looks like you are doing a lot of legwork on this.... I hope the shipping doesn't cost an arm and a leg.... am I STANDING on thin ice?...
You don't have a leg to stand on.... I better stop while I'm ahead

Nice of you to donate to those in need. Glad your grandpa can joke around with it all. It does help.
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Ok, Ok... there isn't much of a fetish market, lol. I am a prosthetist, and we make prosthetic limbs for people. Amputees buy stuff off of ebay for their own use. Some gets purchased for use out of the country.

There are local prosthetic facilities that can probably help you with these. Federal law prohibits us reselling components, but we can donate them. I donate quite a bit. The value of the legs I will have donated this year will be over 60K.

Anyway, if local prosthetic companies can't help you donate them, then you could give them to a physical therapy school. And if all that fails, I will pay the shipping for you to send them down here to Florida and I will use them for people in need.

Am donating one for a high school student who lost leg due to cancer, right now. There was an article about her in the paper recently, I will see if I can share a link.

Glad you are putting your best foot forward for your grandpa... looks like you are doing a lot of legwork on this.... I hope the shipping doesn't cost an arm and a leg.... am I STANDING on thin ice?...
You don't have a leg to stand on.... I better stop while I'm ahead

Nice of you to donate to those in need. Glad your grandpa can joke around with it all. It does help.
Thanks for the info. I will look into local options and if that falls through I will contact you.

They are lightly used. Honestly, the last 10 years or so, he's not been very mobile, so one of them is almost completely unused. I know the knee joint is where all the complexity is at.
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Had the same issue with my brother's prosthetic leg after he past. called the company that made it and they gladly took it for donating to those more in need.
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Originally Posted by Stcatfisherman View Post
A Christmas Story lamps.
You're killing me, Smalls!
When I read the post I thought "I could make a lamp and post it on Etsy or eBay!", I'm 15 minutes late.
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Get in touch where they came from and let them
know your situation. They may go with yer plan A or B...

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Before you donate them

put 2 of them in a pair of jeans, throw some sneakers on and hang em out of your trunk like a custom “bumper buddy”

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You will only donate them to charities if they will agree to pay shipping? Ummm. That's not how charity works.
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Originally Posted by bobeast View Post
You will only donate them to charities if they will agree to pay shipping? Ummm. That's not how charity works.
Every boat charity out there will come pick up if I donate a boat. Same for cars.

Sorry man, but I'm not at a point in my life where I can drop $50 on shipping something I dont need and it not be felt.
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Originally Posted by TheRealMacGyver View Post
How much is ground shipping? I think I would just ship them, knowing they were going to a good cause. What could it be, maybe $30?
Amen, it's about helping people not about cost.
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Originally Posted by TheRealMacGyver View Post
How much is ground shipping? I think I would just ship them, knowing they were going to a good cause. What could it be, maybe $30?
Shipping will be an arm and a leg.... He's a little short.
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Originally Posted by TheRealMacGyver
How much is ground shipping? I think I would just ship them, knowing they were going to a good cause. What could it be, maybe $30?
Amen, it's about helping people not about cost.


True. Hey, yall could send him the shipping costs since he is donating the legs. I mean, it's all about helping people.
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