This is the story of Gordon Swift, 48, who is a below knee amputee and has attended the Blatchford Private Clinic in Sheffield.
Whilst traveling home from work on my motorcycle I approached a slight right turn in the road, a car travelling in the opposite direction lost control and failed to take the corner, resulting in a head on collision with my bike. The crash left me with multiple life threatening injuries. My family were told that there was only a 5% chance that I would make it through the first night so things were not looking good for me to say the least!
The doctors at the hospital decided that if I was to pull through with all of my injuries then it would be best to amputate my right leg. The plan was to amputate above knee because I was missing four inches of my femur but my wife argued the case for below knee surgery. Caroline stood her ground and eventually they took my leg below knee.
The legal case seemed to go on forever, eventually after five years everything was finalised and we settled out of court. This process was supported by prosthetic expert witness reports provided to my legal team throughout the case.
Blatchford have established a private clinic facility in Sheffield where they are able to provide me with a comfortable and life like prosthesis. Mark and the team at Blatchford were very supportive and really helped me come to terms with my new life as an amputee.
I have always loved cars, they are my passion and this is my latest project. The car is a Grinnall Scorpion III and is built around a BMW’s K1300 motorbike engine and gearbox. It produces 485 BHP/Tonne and is very, very fast! It has been set up around my disability, with a left foot accelerator and a hand operated clutch mounted on to the gear lever. Because of these modifications I actually applied for “The Guinness Book of World Records” under the proposal of World’s Fastest Disabled Vehicle. However, after a month at the third and final stage of selection the application was unfortunately declined because of the difficulties of category classifications.
I would highly recommend Blatchford to anyone seeking a better quality of life, better mobility and the experience of being attended to by caring and knowledgeable professionals.