27 October 2016
Super-fit surgeon Paul Super found himself in need of medical attention when he broke his ankle in dramatic fashion at the end of a 12-mile Tough Mudder Challenge!
Paul, who lives in Hampton in Arden with wife Helen, completed the obstacle-strewn assault course and simply had to leap off a 40-foot tower, ring a bell in mid-air and then land on a special safety cushion below.
Unfortunately the ‘return to earth’ didn’t go to plan and he landed on his ankle, breaking the fibula and tearing attached ligaments – within hours his leg was in plaster and a quick return to work seemed very unlikely.
But, thanks to a special leg brace produced in America, Paul, who specialises in upper gastrointestinal and laparoscopic surgery at Spire parkway Hospital in Solihull, is back in clinic and also preparing for his next Tough Mudder – which he intends to do on one leg to raise money for Help the Heroes!
“As soon as I was given traditional crutches I knew they weren’t for me and went straight on the internet to find an alternative.
“I discovered the iWalk 20 and thought ‘that’s the one I want’. It only cost £160 and means I can move around with almost total freedom and, most importantly, have both my hands free.
“I haven’t gone back into the operating theatre yet, I think I’ll wait until I have two feet on the ground for that, but it means I can see patients in clinic either to keep an eye on their progress or look at future surgical treatment,” said Paul.
Paul has found getting around on his ‘supercrutch’ - which keeps his leg at a 90 degree angle while allowing him to take his weight on his knee - so easy he has no fears about wearing it when the Tough Mudder season starts again in March.
“I have done several Tough Mudders in the past but I admit doing it one leg will be a bit of a challenge,” he said. “I thought it I could use it to raise awareness of the Armed Forces who have lost a limb then I thought I might as well get sponsored and raise some cash for Help the Heroes at the same time,” he said.