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Grant was serving with the British Armed Forces when he was badly injured during the Falklands War. As a school teacher and keen walker Grant is now able to get on with doing what he loves.
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Heidi shares her experience of EchelonVAC. In particular, how EchelonVAC is able to accommodate ramps in her home, how it has relieved pain in her hips and how she is now more confident on uneven and varied terrain.
Bill Zabelny's dreams of playing professional ice hockey were shattered aged 12 after a car accident. However, his love for ice hockey endured and eventually was able to try out for Team USA’s standing amputee division and has been playing for them ever since!
See how EchelonVAC benefits Charlie who is an active amputee with a busy lifestyle. Charlie explains the importance of a secure fit and how EchelonVAC has had a significant impact on his day-to-day life.
Becky is a young and active mother of two who relies on Orion3 to keep up with her busy daily life. With Orion3 she’s now more confident on uneven and varied terrain.
Dennis became an amputee 7 years ago following a construction accident. After several years using fixed ankles, Dennis now uses an EchelonVAC foot combined with a Silcare Breathe liner to help him live his life and keep healthy and active.
In 2011, Elaine was involved in a motorbike accident and as a result, her left leg was amputated below the knee. Echelon has increased Elaine’s confidence, whether it’s riding her mountain bike or hiking. "Echelon has given me the confidence to live my life the way I want to.”
Izzy was rushed to hospital at the age of 7 after contracting meningococcal septicemia, leaving her with a 1% chance of survival. Now 15 years old, Izzy enjoys spending time with her friends and learning new things like any other teenager.
Surfer Fabio was born with a limb reduction of 17cm on his left leg and has used a prosthetic foot since he was one years old. He tells us of his experiences with his new Elite2 foot from Blatchford and how it has helped him both in and out of the water.
Paul is a Linx wearer who requires a precision performance from his prosthetic for a huge range of activities. From being a busy Dad and businessman to keeping fit, Linx has given Paul the confidence to go from one to another easily and seamlessly.
Ben shares his difficulty adjusting to life as an amputee and the impact on his family life and mental health. Since using BladeXT Ben has gone from strength to strength and with a newfound interest in fitness, he now sets himself goals.
John Evans lost his leg to bone cancer in 1974 and had been using the same "World War II" leg until he visited the Blatchford Clinic in 2017 to trial the Linx limb system. Since then, John hasn't looked back!
Jorja, born an amputee due to Amniotic Band Syndrome, is able to do so much more with her friends thanks to the Mini BladeXT including marching in the air cadet band!
Andrew was involved in a serious motorcycle accident which resulted in the loss of his left leg above the knee. Andrew now uses Orion3 and Echelon which has significantly increased his confidence.
Dave received his MPK (microprocessor knee) through the NHS in Sheffield. He shares his experiences of using an MPK for the first time and the significant benefits it has brought to his life.
Duncan received his Orion3 MPK through the NHS and hasn't looked back. Its given him more confidence and he's now able to walk further and faster.
Personal trainer, model and Mr England winner Jack Eyers was born with PFFD and chose elective amputation at age 16. He needed a prosthetic leg that can stand up to his lifestyle and so he chose Linx.
Lee shares his experience of EchelonVT and gives some insight on how his collaboration with Blatchford has given him the opportunity to give back to the world of prosthetics.
Nick from Sheffield shares his thoughts on how his life has been changed since receiving his new Orion3 MPK through the NHS.
8 years ago Steve lost his left leg below the knee during his service in Iraq. Now as a full time athlete for Team GB, Silcare Breathe gives him one less thing to think about when working towards important milestones in his career.
Married couple, and left leg above knee amputees Chris & Denise Arthey both use Orion3 MPK to enable them to do the things they loved before their accident.
Georgy Evans was three when her leg was amputated below the knee. She now wears the Elan foot and has noticed a difference in her daily life.
Grace, who was diagnosed with Meningococcal Septicaemia when she was 4, received two new Mini BladeXT feet from Blatchford and loves them!
Jamie became an amputee in September 2016 and received his BladeXT from the Blatchford Clinic in summer 2017 enabling him to run for the first time in 14 years!
Pete Bowker became the first amputee to cross the Greenland Ice Cap unsupported and Blatchford was proud to sponsor him by providing an Elite Blade foot and new sockets.
Paracanoe Champion Rob Oliver shares his experience of EchelonVT in his training sessions, in particular the smooth and more natural movement.