- I am an above-knee amputee.
- I have been fortunate enough to take part in the initial trials of an implant that allows me to attach my artificial leg directly to the bone of my stump, removing the need for a socket, setting me free from the major limitation of conventional prosthetics.
- I thought I’d share what I have been up to as a result of this implant.
This bit is about me!
Three weeks before my nineteenth birthday I had a motorbike accident that resulted in the loss of my right leg above the knee. I was always a bit of a geek, interested in science and how things worked. After spending a couple of weeks in intensive care recovering from complications brought about by my accident, I developed a fascination with the machines that had helped to keep me alive. As a result of this I studied medical physics at university and now work for the NHS.
I have lived more than half my life as an amputee and have lived this life to the full, with two legs and now one, thanks to the support of loving family and friends. I like to explore new places with my wife Helen, have always enjoyed swimming and have finally taken up SCUBA diving, a hobby that I’ve been meaning to try for twenty years.
In 2008 my life was altered for the better by the decision to take part in a trial of a new technique for attaching prosthetic limbs. I am now the proud owner of a titanium implant that allows me to wear my limb directly fixed to the bone in my stump, eliminating the need for socket fixation. This gave me a physical freedom that I hadn’t experienced before as an amputee which I have exploited to take part in some amazing adventures such as climbing mount Kilimanjaro and hope to take part in many more in the future!
For more information about my implant (ITAP) please click here.