Look or function? Some, like Apple users, definitely choose looks over function.
But for amputees, function is always better than looks.
Quadriplegia is a disease or trauma caused condition which prevents the brain from communicating with all four limbs. That means a patient has two beautiful arms and two perfect arms, and all of them are worthless: no feeling, no control.
Is that an amputation? Technically, no. But in practise, that’s like being quad-amputee. Missing all four limbs. Use the search bar up there to look for pictures, they are gross.
No one is safe. Human bodies are so poorly protected and we are so active, that everyone faces a risk of trauma. Any severe injury to spine or neck has a potential to damage spine cord nerves and render the person quadriplegic.
However, recent advances in technology allowed the paralyzed to become more social: with devices similar to iconic Steven Hawking’s Eye-controlled Voice, people with disabilities are able to go online and communicate in social networking.
Steven Hawking himself has gone further and enjoys zero gravity! A small step for an astronaut, a big step for paralyzed.
And of course, there is hope. Electric devices are developed and being tested now, that bypass the spinal nerves and control the limbs directly. That’s not healing, of course, it’s more like a prosthesis for paralyzed people. The device send electrical impulses to the muscles ant tendons, that still remain in the limbs, and stimulate them. The muscles start to act as is the brain controls them, and the patients can restore at least some of the limbs function.
Because in the amputee world, function is always above the look.