Clearview National April 2017 - Issue 185 - Page 86

ALUMINIUM Aluminium veteran shares a lifetime of experience WE TALK TO HIM TO FIND OUT HIS STORY… CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR ACCIDENT? I was golfing in Florida in the US in 2009 with Malcolm Allanson, a well-respected character in the industry. Whilst driving Malcolm, me and four friends we were hit by a drunk driver and I immediately lost consciousness for about 30 seconds. When I came to, we were surrounded by the emergency services. We were numbered one to six in terms of priority to be rescued based on our likelihood to survive. I was number five. Someone realised that I was conscious, I was sedated and in order to save my life, my left leg was amputated above the knee. I also sustained several other injuries including extensive damage to my right leg, a broken pelvis, ribs and arm as well as a collapsed lung. Malcolm, my dear friend and colleague, was number six. He was pronounced dead. Whilst I couldn’t attend his funeral due to my injuries, I’ve been told it was attended by huge numbers of people in the glazing industry. WHAT IMPACT DID THIS HAVE ON YOUR LIFE? I have changed as little as possible in my life. Bearing in mind I live in a three-storey house, I didn’t get an accessible bathroom or a stair lift, or move my bedroom downstairs. If you don’t challenge yourself and become complacent then you won’t ever get better. The 86 » A PR 2017 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M Wayne Maycock is a well-known figure in the industry, which he has worked in for the past 30 years. Following a life- changing accident, the UK Commercial Sales Manager at aluminium systems company Reynaers is raising money for a new prosthetic leg that will transform his quality of life beyond recognition. provision for disabled people is still awful, so in my opinion you can either shut yourself away or you can take a can-do attitude and get on with it. I chose the latter and now seven years later, nothing phases me. WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE THAT YOU NOW FACE? Have you ever tried to put a shoe on a prosthetic foot? It isn’t easy! I was stuck with lace up shoes for a long time, but eventually found some Chelsea boots with zips. In all seriousness: everything that you take for granted, I can’t. I have always made fitness a priority in my life and at t he gym I see people running on the treadmill. I can’t even remember what it feels like to have two legs, never mind imagine running again. Nevertheless, the experience hasn’t been as devastating as you might imagine. I still travel the breadth of the country for Reynaers on a weekly basis and travel around Europe visiting its overseas offices. I still consider myself lucky on that day, and spending so long in hospital was a huge leveller as I saw so many people worse off than me. HOW WILL A NEW PROSTHETIC LEG CHANGE THINGS FOR YOU? I’m mobile in an NHS-funded wheelchair and a prosthetic, but they are extremely basic and outdated. A new leg would be a quantum leap from where I am now. A microprocessor prosthetic works quicker than your brain to adapt to different terrains. At the moment, anything that isn’t flat pavement is a struggle for me, my balance is extremely poor and it takes four times longer than normal to walk up a set of stairs. On steep inclines I have to walk downhill backwards and lean forwards in order to compensate for the slope. A microprocessor, however, would compensate for me on anything from slopes and stairs to sand. It can be controlled by the stump of your leg and buttocks to lock so that it doesn’t bend, meaning I’d be stable and I would have the confidence to walk around the busy town centre again. The problem is, it costs £25,000. I’ve already received generous donations of over £11,000, including £5,000 from Reynaers. My fundraising total is £30,000 to factor in the rehabilitations sessions and check-ups. Lots of amputees don’t learn to walk again because it’s too hard. To put it in perspective, a prosthetic limb weighs 10- 12kgs. My goal is to walk normally so that you don’t realise I have a prosthetic limb – and ultimately, to complete a round of golf without using a buggy. To find out more or to donate, please visit: wayne-maycock-1