A man whose leg was amputated after a horrific motorbike accident is looking to raise £6,000 for a new prosthetic limb.
Neil Aldous, 47, of The Priors, Bury St Edmunds, was given just a ten per cent chance of survival after the crash in March 2012.
He spent five months in Addenbrooke’s Hospital including a month in critical care and had 81 pints of blood pumped into his body while medics battled to save his life.
Now two years on, Neil and his wife Carol, 55, are looking to improve his quality of life by raising cash for a new prosthetic limb.
Neil said although he can move about with his current prosthetic, he fears walking on it outside.
“My current leg is okay on flat, even ground but I can’t trust it if the ground is uneven or if the weather gets bad”, he said.
“If I want to go out for a walk and my prosthetic leg goes I have got nobody to help pick me up.
“Going up and down stairs with my leg is horrendous but with the new leg I will be able to put weight on it and feel more confident.
“I hop everywhere now with my crutches, it feels safer than using the limb.”
Neil is looking to get a new prosthetic from America which uses electronics to bend the knee slightly.
The new limb will cost around £6,000.
Neil said the limb will allow him to get out of the house more often and would do wonders for his health.
He said: “I have put on a lot of weight since the crash.
“If I get the new leg I will be able to get out more and get more exercise.
“If I had a prosthetic leg I could rely on I may be able to walk again.”
Carol is planning a series of fund raising events in the near future including a disco, a raffle, a charity skydive and a sponsored walk.
If you would like to get involved in Neil and Carol’s fund raising push email carol at firstname.lastname@example.org