It’s a sad (and scary) fact that catastrophic injuries happen every day. Doctors, nurses and physiotherapists will help get you healed, and personal injury solicitors like the experts at Scott Rees and Co can assist in claiming compensation where you weren’t at fault, but what happens after that? Adjusting to an amputation, loss of sight, or a spinal injury becomes the norm for victims and their families, changing life as they knew it. Here are some inspiring stories of people who haven’t merely coped with catastrophic injury, but have achieved incredible success in the process.
Setting Super Goals
When a motorcycle accident claimed Tim Hurst’s leg, he thought it was the end of his love for running. Indeed, he didn’t run anywhere anyone could see him for years, so shattered was his confidence in his ability and his appearance. Missing the feeling of running outdoors drove him to set a goal of running a marathon in all fifty states of America. He’s more than half way through and doesn’t shy away from telling people that if he can do it with one leg, just imagine what they can do with two!
Mark Zack is another amputee thanks to a motorcycle accident. He lost his arm when an inexperienced teenage driver turned in front of him. Mark had many dreams during his two-week coma, including those of himself in a wheelchair teaching young drivers about being aware of motorcyclists. While he’s not in a wheelchair, he does share his story with teenage drivers and instruct them on motorcycle awareness. As well as helping to create safer drivers, Mark also mentors new amputees, assisting them with both the mental and physical challenges of losing a limb.
Inspiring Young Amputees
Annie Turner was just 22 when she was knocked off her bike by a lorry while cycling to her dance class. The accident nearly killed her and claimed the bottom half of her left leg, leaving this self-confessed “huge fitness freak” on crutches. Although her first instinct was to wish she had died rather than being confined to a wheelchair, Annie quickly learned to get around on crutches before being fitted with a prosthetic. During this time her solicitors perused the driver’s insurance company for compensation to help her with not only the cost of recovery, but the changes her new life has brought such as loss of income and increased travel costs.
Winning Olympic Gold
Cancer caused Kelly Cartwright to lose her leg when she was 15. Three years later she began running competitively, representing Australia at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, and again in London in 2012 where she won a gold medal in the long jump and a silver medal in the women’s 100m. Now 25, Kelly has her sights firmly set on a medal in Rio in 2016. When she’s not training or working in her day-job as a receptionist, Kelly is an ambassador for the Make-a-Wish Foundation and has also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.
These four amputees prove every day that with resilience, courage, and the right support, people can overcome catastrophic injury to live inspiring lives.