The twenty-five year old had made dresses for British label Beulah, worn by the Duchess of Cambridge amongst others.
In March last year at one of RADA’s buildings (The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art), he leaned against a set of unsecured metal double doors for a disused lift shaft. It gave way and he plunged to the concrete base below, breaking both his legs femurs and smashing the right into five pieces, prompting fears he would lose the leg. He has undergone three operations to insert titanium supports into each leg.
The drama school has been fined £12,000 for breaching health and safety regulations as a result.
But, after months of physiotherapy, on Friday night he strutted again at British Fashion Volume One in London’s Shepherd’s Bush.
He said, “It has been an incredibly hard, slow process to get to the point where I can walk without a limp. I still experience pain if I walk too far or try to run, but being on a catwalk makes me feel alive, so I’ve been desperate to try to get back to it.” Source: The Telegraph.
Not everyone knows about this main weight-bearing bone. The femur or thighbone is the longest bone in your body. The shaft, the main part of the femur runs below the hip joint and above the knee joint.
Here's what I experienced:
After an operation to replace my left hip, I drifted in and out of consciousness in the theater recovery area. Nurses spoke to me every now and again and checked the equipment attached to my body. Someone asked me if I knew where I was or what had happened. I listened while they told me there had been an accident and I was in recovery. I accepted it and went to sleep again. Once fully roused, nurses told me I'd been with them for twenty four hours and had lost most of the blood in my body.
When I returned to the ward, a member of the hospital staff appeared with a clipboard. He sat beside me and explained what had happened, then asked me if I was happy with the way I was treated. Dazed, I nodded. Of course, the nursing staff had given me every care. He handed me a form to sign and then left.
I had a ‘drip’ in my arm to give me fluids, and blood to replace that I had lost during your operation and to prevent me becoming anemic. Oh, and a catheter as well as a drainage tube in the wound to prevent any blood collecting in the area to stop swelling.
A pressure dressing covered the whole area from my hip to my knee so I didn't know how it looked. When the pain got too bad, I could press a button to deliver pain relief.
At the change of dressing, I discovered clips in the wound all the way down my outer thigh to the top of my knee, which was swollen and painful. I remained immobile in hospital for two weeks until a special hip socket and shaft arrived. Then, I underwent another operation to connect the new device. My x-rays revealed three 'pins' inserted into the bone, and two swirls of twisted wire all around a metal shaft that had been inserted inside the femur. For two further weeks, I remained in hospital. The nurse removed half the clips a few days before the others—over fifty in all—before I was discharged.
I'm happy to report that after six months, I went back to work and remained active until my retirement. Now at the age of seventy-three, I walk with an exaggerated limp, use a stick indoors and rely on a walker outside. However, any effort I make causes pain.
Can you believe some people arrange to have their legs broken on purpose?
First designed to rectify dwarfism, some people have their legs surgically broken to make themselves taller—models, athletes etc—to give height or for personal vanity. Crazy! They couldn't know the pain they will experience in older age.
My determination to return to a normal life ensured quick recovery, as did the male model's grit in the news story above. As humans, we are capable of great things.
Never give up on your dreams. I'll bet you know of a good example.