Chemotherapy treatment began quickly and after intensive therapy, the outcome was life-changing with Matt’s Doctor recommending a below-knee amputation. Matt confessed, “Having cancer had been bad enough already, but the thought of losing a leg was devastating for someone who lives to play sport and be active”.
During this time Matt faced having to live his young life with limb loss. Thankfully after surgery, Matt was back at school in no time seeing his friends and getting on with school work. Keeping focused, Matt set his heart on making a return to sport, particularly skiing, an activity he has always enjoyed. However, Matt’s NHS prosthesis, whilst allowing him to engage in a range of sporting activities was not well-suited to the slopes, due to its lack of stability and manoeuvrability.
Matt visited The London Prosthetic Centre and together with Abdo discussed his requirements for a new ski leg. Pushing his body to the limit, Matt began to ski again, even training alongside the British Disabled Ski Team.