Claim: Shoaib Akhtar is having his leg replaced.

Fact: Shoaib Akhtar will be undergoing knee replacement surgery.

In the headline of a recent report published by this website, as well as in text superimposed onto graphics in the report, it is claimed that former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar lamented, “I cannot run, soon my leg shall get replaced,” in a “teary message”.

The body of the article refers to this tweet by Akhtar, in which he informed his followers about his planned knee replacement surgery in Australia.

According to Mayo Clinic knee replacement surgery (also known as knee arthroplasty) “involves cutting away damaged bone and cartilage from your thigh bone, shinbone and kneecap and replacing it with an artificial joint (prosthesis) made of metal alloys, high-grade plastics and polymers.” This article by Mayo Clinic goes into more detail about the reasons for the surgery and the specifics of the procedure.

On the other hand, a leg replacement or leg transplant procedure does not yet exist; people who lose or damage their limbs usually have to make do with prosthetics.

Conclusion: The headline and the graphics in the article are misleading. Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar will be undergoing knee replacement surgery, not a leg replacement procedure.

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