February 1st 2016 was meant to be another regular day for Patricia, a home-carer in London. But, as she was walking to a client’s home, a driver who was later convicted for dangerous driving, flew over the curb and hit her at high speed before fleeing the scene.
Her husband, Pastor Obed recalls the day, “When I arrived at the hospital, I was told my wife was going to have an above knee amputation of her right leg and that the other leg was also seriously damaged. I was in shock. She had gone to work like any other day and was hit by a car.”
The nature of Patricia’s accident meant she could obtain funding for her treatment through a litigation case, and with the support of her solicitors at Slater and Gordon
and fellow amputee, Aderonke, her journey with The London Prosthetic Centre
Patricia was referred to The London Prosthetic Centre by her case manager for an initial assessment. At this time, she believed she would be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life, but she was soon assured by her prosthetist, Abdo Haidar, that she would in fact walk again.
Patricia said “You come out of hospital after being told you’re going to be completely confined to a wheelchair, and then you meet another person with another opinion. It gives you hope. It gave us something to hold on to. From that day, my mentality changed.”
Following the assessment, recommendations were made for Patricia to be fitted with different prosthetics to help her regain her independence and return to some of the activities she used to enjoy. Patricia was highly motivated and dedicated large amounts of her time to rehabilitation. She regularly attended The London Prosthetic Centre for her prosthetic and therapy appointments.
She commented, “Anytime we went to the clinic, it was like seeing family. We got to meet other amputees who were so full of life - so cheerful! Everyone gave me so much hope and encouragement.”
It was this, combined with the support of prosthetist Abdo, the rehabilitation team and her husband Obed, that lead to Patricia’s remarkable recovery.