Colin Rouse MBE
Back in 1999, I was working on a military training yacht in Poole Harbour. A gas leak caused an explosion and I lost my left leg above the knee. I went to the NHS but they couldn’t give me the leg I needed.
On 8 August 1993, my life changed. Crossing Kensington Road in London, a police motorcycle knocked me down. Among my many injuries, I lost my left leg below the knee.
I was diagnosed with bone cancer when I was 17 and had a below-the-knee amputation. That was 22 years ago. Over the years, I’ve worked with numerous prosthetists but none has delivered the care and skill that Bob Watts and his team provide.
PC Philip Griffiths
Two and half years ago, I lost my arm. I saw an advertisement for Dorset Orthopaedic, made enquiries and attended an appointment with my wife. As a serving police officer, I asked if they could they provide a limb that would return me to active duty.
I was lucky to survive a motorcycle accident in July 2004. Health issues meant the hospital had to amputate my leg. My life fell apart. I believed my career as a fireman was over. As a father, I felt I couldn’t be a proper Dad to my children, but my girlfriend was great. She inspired me to get out and about again.
I am a below knee amputee and after my accident in 2007, I could only dream of returning to my beloved Arabic Dancing. After several falls during my recovery and being fitted with a painful NHS socket and limb with very limited mobility, my confidence was at an all time low…