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Weʼre raising £71,250 to Help Fund My New Legs!

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Hey guys, I have opened a JustGiving page to raise money for an operation that I desperately want to change my life.

WE HAVE ALREADY RAISED £18,750 IN 4 MONTHS!

I was born prematurely at 28 weeks with my twin brother Tom, due to a condition called ‘Twin-to-twin Transfusion”.

The consequence of this is that I developed blood clots in both my legs, which led to the amputation of my left leg through the calf at 18 months old. In addition to this, my right leg was left severely damaged with no main artery meaning that it is very hard to keep warm, as circulation is limited. I have no muscle or fat tissue so it’s very exposed with little protection, so even walking on hard surfaces is a challenge for me, my foot is in a fixed position after having various surgeries, making mobility difficult but I try to overcome as much as I can.

I have now exhausted surgery to help improve my mobility, by having over 20 operations in Great Ormond Street Hospital on both legs (including corrective surgery on my toes). This is my last option to live a life where I feel as free as I want, this operation would really change my life giving me a limitless future.

The procedure I would be having is called Osseointergration and has been carried out in Australia since 2006, with the number of patients increasing steadily over the years. Today, nearly 500 people have benefitted from the procedure, 86 of which have been below knee. Currently it isn’t available on the NHS. The procedure consists of taking out the bone marrow and inserting a metal implant that the bone grows around and stays permanently in the leg, working similar to a tooth implant. The surgeon who will be doing the operation is an Iraq refugee who fled to Australia during Sadam Hussein’s regime. He developed the procedure after assessing previous attempts by two other surgeons, and has introduced a permanent solution to many amputees who can’t get on with a typical prosthesis., reducing the recovery time from 18 months to 3 months.

If you’re interested in seeing how it works look at:

http://www.almuderis.com.au/…/surgical-procedure-3d-overview

(It says it’s in two parts but has been perfected and modified so it’s only a one-stage operation.)

However, as this surgery is going to be so life changing I was told in order to have it, I would have to have my right leg amputated too, as it is not possible to have my left leg (prosthetic leg) done on its own due to it being my most dominant. I am in constant pain in my right leg and feel like I have dealt with it for as long as I can. Not only that, I was told that after this surgery I will have to weight bear through both my legs and my right leg is simply not strong enough to hold my body weight evenly and enable recovery.

This surgery will be a permanent solution to improving my life as there really are so many benefits to it all, such as being able to stand up in the shower for the first time and increasing my mobility so I can enjoy sport so much more. As it is done through the bone, I will be able to feel what surface I’m walking on, whether it’s carpet, wood or grass. I will no longer be wearing the prosthetic sockets anymore, meaning nothing touches the skin. This will prevent sores, neuromas, skin breakdown and overheating (all of which I suffer from). This will also reduce my visits to Dorset Orthopaedic Clinic to my prosthesis cast, fitted and delivered; cutting out 3-4 visits every time I need a new leg (every 9-12 months). It doesn’t just affect me physically but also mentally, as all these appointments really take it out of me.

However, the only down side to this surgery is that it is only available in Australia and will cost £90,000 to cover all surgery expenses. Therefore, I have created this just giving page to ask anyone who is willing to please donate and help me raise the money I need for this life changing operation.

The operation isn’t yet funded by the NHS but would save them a lot of money and could help so many other people like me that have a prosthesis. The procedure hasn’t been done on many people at all, as most people don’t even know that it exists. Raising awareness for this is extremely important to me because there are so many people that could benefit from it.

I will also be donating 10% of every donation to Great Ormond Street Hospital to help children in similar situations who spend so much time in hospital and to further the hospitals research.

If you would like to support me in fundraising and creating awareness, please SHARE and spread the word! Donations will be hugely appreciated. Thank you.

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  • James Bertrand3 months ago
    James Bertrand

    James Bertrand

    3 months ago

    I started this page 4 months ago, since then, from everyone's support, we already raised a massive £18,750! Thank you to everyone so far who has helped in supporting my cause.

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  • Chalfont St Peter CofE Academy

    Chalfont St Peter CofE Academy

    Nov 15, 2017

    Raised by the children of Chalfont St Peter CofE Academy during 'Walk to School Walk' wearing their Groovy Shoes. Good luck with the rest of your fund raising and best wishes.

    £432.00

  • Gareth Jones

    Gareth Jones

    Nov 15, 2017

    Hi James, We have never met but Caitlin says you are a lovely and very positive person. All the best for the operation and I look forward to hearing of your progress.Gareth and Jane

    £100.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Nov 14, 2017

    Meeting you today and hearing about your journey stopped me in my tracks. You have a brilliant attitude and I really hope everything works out well.

    £50.00

  • Aktar Somalya

    Aktar Somalya

    Nov 13, 2017

    Good luck, James, (Ash Goodwin mentioned your fundraising efforts)

    £10.00

  • Evelyn Roberts

    Evelyn Roberts

    Nov 8, 2017

    £5.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Nov 7, 2017

    Best wishes

    £20.00

  • Joely Higton

    Joely Higton

    Nov 7, 2017

    Its Groovy Shoesday Tuesday at CSP Academy, we have decorated our favourite trainers for the special occasion. Wishing you the best of luck in achieving your goal.

    £10.00

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James Bertrand

James Bertrand

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Buckingham, United Kingdom

I would welcome all the support you can give to help me raise money for my new legs and creating awareness for other amputees like me who don't know that this surgery exists.

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