Yes, it’s true. A woman who is soon to have her leg amputated wants to use her own skin to make a handbag.
Joan, who is 55 and from Manchester, has peripheral arterial disease, and as a result of this condition she will need to have her lower left leg surgically removed. Rather than let her discarded leg become medical waste, Joan is now on the hunt for a designer willing to turn her dream into a reality.
She took her request to Sewport.com who have mocked up potential designs of the handbag and are hoping to connect her with designers willing to work with human skin.
Joan’s budget is £3,000 to secure her personalised accessory, and she is hoping for a medium-sized bag with a short strap. In her original request Joan wrote; ‘I know it is a bit odd and gross, and some might think I’m crazy, but it’s my leg and I can’t bare the thought of it being left to rot somewhere. ‘It’s part of me and I want to keep it.’
‘I don’t know if this is even plausible, but I’m thinking if we use animal skin for garments and accessories then why can’t the same be done with our skin,’ explains Joan. ‘Surely there is someone out there that can apply the same methods. ‘I know it’s gross, but people keep their baby’s umbilici chords and have relative’s ashes on display, so it’s not really that weird if you think about it.’
It certainly brings a new dimension to waste treatment!