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Weʼre raising £45,000 to fund surgery to allow Sinclair to walk again

Bristol, United Kingdom

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In August 2004 I was involved in a traffic collision whilst riding my motorbike which resulted in my right leg being amputated above the knee. Following the accident, I spent 3 months in hospital, & had 10 operations, including a hugeskin graft to cover the wound on my stump post amputation.

I was discharged from hospital at the end of October & was fitted with a prosthetic leg in December. My recovery was quick, & I adapted to using my prosthetic leg fairly quickly & was able to go on holiday to America 6 months later on my own with no mobility aids.

After this, things started to go downhill; A few months later I had to have an operation to remove some bone infection which resulted in another 2 weeks in hospital & not being able to walk for another 3 months after wards. For the next 5 years I was in & out of hospital for operations on my stump due either complications with infections, or having to move tissue around to make wearing a leg more comfortable, or even possible.

In 2 years (2010 & 2011) I had another 5 operations, 2 of which were emergency cases due to complications & I spent Christmas 2011 in hospital. I took the decision then to stop having further operations, as every time they operated, they had to remove bone from the end of my stump, which was leaving me with a shorter & shorter stump.

So for the last 6 years or so I have mainly been using crutches to move around, but due to the constant wear on my right elbow, (as well as the added issue of having shortened right collarbone from where I broke it as a teenager), as well as the rest of my joints taking the extra load, it is becoming harder to be mobile due to constant pain. The prospect of having to use a wheelchair for mobility is becoming more & more likely, & sooner & is not something I am able to face up to at the moment.

The only option I have, is to have one last operation for a procedure called OsseoIntegration. This is essentially where they put a huge bolt into the femur in my stump, which permanently sticks out through the skin, & my prosthesis would then attach to this bolt. As a result it would bypass all the issues caused by the location (or not) of soft tissue in my stump.

Click here for more information about the procedure.

The reason for this campaign is to help raise funds towards the costs of the surgery (circa £50,000) & to pay for a prosthetic leg (circa £20,000), which is essential to my safety whilst walking. This process is not available on the NHS, & despite clinical trials taking place, NICE are yet to approve the procedure for those with amputated legs.

A benefactor has lent me the funds so I can have the operation sooner rather than later, which will improve my life dramatically and prevent me from having a life in a wheelchair. Anything you can donate, no matter how small will help contribute towards repaying this amazing person, & I cannot thank you enough for your generosity; for which I hope to repay one day, in some way.

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  • Sinclair Parkinson1 month ago
    Sinclair Parkinson

    Sinclair Parkinson

    1 month ago

    The xrays following surgery to repair my fracture have come back, and my surgeon is happy for me to start loading again. Next Tuesday I am going to Ringwood again to start loading. I have to admit I am nervous. Loading will now take at least 6 months before I can reattach my prosthetic; so still a long way to go. I was hoping to have done some fundraising activities by now, but alas. In the meantime if you are able to give anything, I would be truly grateful as there is still a long way to go to reach my target. Best wishes, Sinc :)

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  • Sinclair Parkinson2 months ago
    Sinclair Parkinson

    Sinclair Parkinson

    2 months ago

    For those that don't know, my rehab came to a snapping halt when my femur broke just above the implant. 3 weeks ago I had surgery to install yet more metal work installed to fix the femur. I am now not allowed to load bear for another 2 months, and the loading process will take at least another 3 months. So realistically I won't be able to start my leg until the beginning of 2019. In the meantime I will need to raise funds and there is now the facility to set up monthly payments. As always any contributions are very, very welcome. Cheers

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Page last updated on: 8/5/2018 3:28 PM

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  • Erin

    Erin

    Aug 5, 2018

    I’m also an above knee amputee. I met the man who pioneered the surgery 9 years ago in Sweden and he approved me but life got in the way (baby, divorce). I’m confident this will change your life!

    £1,000.00

  • Mark Jones

    Mark Jones

    May 18, 2018

    Great to hear your news and see your pictures. Amazing stuff.

  • Tony Sclafani

    Tony Sclafani

    May 1, 2018

    It will be good to see you up on your feet!

  • Adele Cobain

    Adele Cobain

    Apr 30, 2018

    £5.00

  • Frances Johnson

    Frances Johnson

    Apr 10, 2018

    Good luck Sinc! :)

    £10.00

  • Jess Horder

    Jess Horder

    Apr 9, 2018

    £50.00

  • Henry Collet

    Henry Collet

    Apr 6, 2018

    Excellent news. Here's to getting you back on 2 feet.

    £50.00

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Sinclair Parkinson

Sinclair Parkinson

Bristol, United Kingdom

The reason for this campaign is to help raise funds towards the costs of the surgery which will be in Australia (circa £60,000) and to pay for a new micro processor knee (circa £15,000), which is essential to my safety whilst walking as it reduces the likelihood of falling

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