Former Soldier Battling To Raise Funds For A Pioneering Surgery

Determined ex-soldier to raise £72,000 to go to Australia for a bone-implanted surgery.

A former West Yorkshire soldier has set up an urgent fundraising appeal to help pay for a bone-implanted surgery in Australia. 

Michael Clough from Oakworth near Keighley, has suffered severe injuries to his lower left leg while on duty in Cyprus. The ex-corporal in the 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Infantry Regiment was injured during a pre-deployment training exercise in January 2012 after being selected for the elite Brigade Reconnaissance Force. Ironically, he had been serving in Afghanistan when he was sent to Cyprus where the parachute training accident happened.

The Thirty-Six year old said; "I had an accident as i came in to land. Because it was open fractures and the bones had come through my skin, I knew it was serious. I couldn't feel my leg either and that turned out to be nerve damage". 

Although at first it seemed as though Michael's injuries appeared to be healing after he had surgery to pin his leg together with metal plates, he later developed osteomyelitis, a bone infection associated with complex open wounds. 

After having 12 rounds of surgery, in 2015 his leg was amputated above the knee due to persistent, severe infection and constant chronic pain. 

Michael was supplied with a high tech artificial leg by the Army to help him walk again but he is unable to wear it because he suffers from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), causing waves of excruciating pain even at the slightest touch. As a result, he struggles to wear the artificial socket that sits over his leg stump and clips on to the prosthetic limb. 

Michael says on his JustGiving page; "I had my amputation in August 2015 and now it's more than two years later and I haven't been able to wear my high-tech prosthetic leg. It's like having a Ferrari and not being able to drive it. I need this procedure so I can get my life back."

"In Australia, I could benefit from an innovative procedure called osseointegration. This involves implanting a titanium rod in the bone which protrudes through the remaining leg or stump. An adaptor is fitted onto the implant and then attached to the artificial limb. There is no need to wear a socket and it ensures a good fit with greater stability and control. I will finally be able to use my high-tech leg to walk again". 

Mr Clough's appeal to raise £72,000 to pay for the surgery and rehabilitation can be found here: justgiving.com/crowdfunding/michael-clough-walk-again 


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