Nick worked as a glazier for over 21 years. He enjoyed an active lifestyle, playing football and golf regularly. Nick suffered problems with D.V.T. (Deep Vein Thrombosis) in his right leg and was rushed to hospital following a false aneurysm and major infection, it was then concluded that it was necessary for Nick to have an above knee amputation.
Now, 45 years old, Nick lives in Sheffield, UK, and spends his time volunteering at Shopmobility which loans mobility scooters and wheelchairs; Nick also enjoys giving educational talks at schools and universities. Nick has found that his talks help others to understand his circumstances and disability, sharing his experiences has helped Nick too.
Nick was initially fitted with a mechanical knee but he found it to be problematic with wear and tear due to his active lifestyle. He used to rely on two crutches to enable him mobility and lacked the confidence to walk without them due to experiencing numerous trips and slips on the mechanical knee. So when Nick’s prosthetist offered him an MPK trial he willingly accepted.
Nick found that his Orion3 MPK made walking a lot easier, more comfortable and less painful than his original knee. Orion3’s Enhanced Stability Performance (ESP) reduces the risk of stumbles or falls and ensures more balanced limb loading for greater long-term health. ESP adapts hydraulic resistance in real time, providing optimal stance support in varied scenarios, whether walking in a crowded environment, on uneven terrain, slopes, steps as well as standing. Nick feels more confident whilst walking and commented, “It has transformed my life, for which I am very grateful.” He is now able to walk without walking aids and his friends have seen a huge change in his attitude with one friend commenting “Nick seems a lot happier”.
Nick added, “Orion3 has given me the confidence to go out and about my daily routine and made me feel so much more content in life. It has also made me feel less isolated in general.” Nick is hoping to be able to play golf regularly again and to continue an active social life with his friends and family. Overall, it has had such a positive impact on his quality of life.