Sports adapted prosthetic limb

£8,474 of £8,000 goal

Raised by 113 people in 55 months
Just over 10 years ago when I was 14 I suffered an accident while indoor go-karting where the kart left the track and crashed into a solid track side barrier. The impact of the crash and the opposite force of applying the brakes shattered my ankle, fracturing and rotating the talus bone by 90° and breaking several other bones in my ankle.

Major surgery followed and because of the seriousness of the injury I was wheelchair bound for three years. This meant that at the age of 14 I was unable to go to school and had home tuition for the two years leading up to my GCSE exams. 

Complications meant that the blood supply to my ankle had been affected causing the foot to drop and the bone to die. More surgery followed where I had a metal cage built around my leg from toes to knee with a number of pins drilled through my leg with pistons attached. These pistons had to be turned daily for 6 months to raise the foot back into position. This solved the foot problem but as the bone had died my leg had stopped growing, this meant more surgery. The cage went back on for another 6 months but this time the leg was surgically broken and the pistons turned every day to stretch the leg and stop the bone healing until the leg had reached the correct length, I also had a double ankle fusion at the same time in an effort to stop the pain from the ankle joint rubbing bone on bone.

Unfortunately these efforts were in vain, I still had problems walking and the pain and high levels of medication were getting too much and were seriously effecting my quality of life.

I then took the brave decision to elect for a below the knee amputation, on July 4th 2013 (ironically Independence Day) I underwent surgery and lost the leg.

Rehab was tough but I battled through it and learned to walk with my artificial leg but I now needed to move on and try and regain my lost confidence and fitness. After a lot of persuasion I agreed to try Crossfit  and signed up straight away. The Crossfit Nottingham coaches (click)
have been fantastic with advice and scaling but the problem I am now facing is that my prosthetic leg is not compatible with exercise and is causing problems with my joints in my good leg and knee and hip in my bad leg. Unfortunately as good as the NHS have been they haven’t got the funding for a specialist leg.

A video was recently uploaded on You Tube from the Working Wounded Games in America

This is a Crossfit competition for adaptive athletes and what they could do was amazing. This has inspired myself, my family and Crossfit Nottingham to try and get a specially adapted leg to enable me to perform better with less pain and wear and tear on my body and maybe compete sometime in the future. In order to do this we need to raise around £8000.
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Just over three hours left on the Nottingham Forest shirt signed by Stuart Pearce. All funds will go towards the new leg so get bidding :)
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Had an awesome day yesterday at my first CrossFit comp! Finished in third place for the same-sex pairs. Huge thanks to Milo, CFN and Christian for the photos.
Hopefully I recover in time for the Loughborough competition next Saturday!
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A massive thank you to everyone's help and support so far! We have just hit the £250 mark.
I have my first competition at the weekend at Crossfit Nottingham so shall post another update then (If I'm still alive)
I understand that as it is Christmas things can be tight but even a donation of £1 would be amazing, every little helps! If you're not in a position to donate then sharing the page would be incredibly helpful.

Thank you all!

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Huge thank you to Photographs by Christian for the photos at the box today! They look awesome. Can only upload 3 at a time so the rest will follow :)
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£8,474 of £8,000 goal

Raised by 113 people in 55 months
Created December 11, 2014
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Nigel Parkin
51 months ago
Crossfit Nottingham
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Linda Lindley
53 months ago (Offline Donation)

Dry January

Mark Williams
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CrossFit Napalm throwdown

Tony Phillips
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Maria & Emma CFN
53 months ago

Nearly there! good luck :-)

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Marie Collis
53 months ago

With love from CF Lutterworth

Suzanne Forster
54 months ago
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