A 21-YEAR-OLD woman who paid £5,000 to have her leg amputated says it is the “best decision I’ve ever made” as she becomes a champion athlete.
Hannah Moore developed a potentially deadly infection following a routine operation on an ingrowing toenail and made the decision two years later to pay privately to have her leg removed.
Hannah Moore holds the prosthetic limbs she uses in the triathlon[/caption]
Her initial surgery sparked a debilitating condition that confined her to a wheelchair for four years.
But she has since triumphed against adversity – becoming a champion triathlete.
And she now has her sights set on the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics after being fitted with a revolutionary £10,000 prosthetic cycling leg.
Hannah, from Sherborne, Dorset, said “Having my leg amputated was the best decision I’ve ever made. The things I have achieved I would never have without this operation.
Hannah had her leg amputated after she was struck by a deadly infection[/caption]
has her sights set on the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics after being fitted with a revolutionary £10,000 prosthetic cycling leg[/caption]
Hannah is the current British triathlon champion[/caption]
“I am a British champion and now my dream is to compete in Tokyo.
“The custom-made cycling leg is designed to be aerodynamic.
“It is a lot lighter than the leg I was previously using and because it attaches to the pedal there is a lot more power transfer.
“With my normal leg there is a lot of movement in it so some of the power gets lost.
Hannah has undergone a rigorous training regime since being fitted with her prosthtic leg[/caption]
Hannah is hopeful her new prosthetic leg will lead to gains on the cycle[/caption]
Hannah says she has achieved so much more than she ever thought she would[/caption]
“It feels amazing, really different, so much more comfortable and I have so much more balance going around corners.”
Six years ago Hannah was a 15-year-old national karate champion when she underwent a routine procedure for an ingrowing toenail.
However, it triggered a rare, debilitating condition called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) which blighted her life for the next four years – leaving her suffering from sepsis and wheelchair-bound.
Brave Hannah had more than 50 skin grafts to try to treat the ulcers on her foot and she was in agonising pain.
Hannah has now set her sights on the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics after being fitted with a revolutionary prosthetic leg[/caption]
Against NHS advice Hannah then went private in July 2016 to have her right leg removed below the knee.
Since then she has lost 4stone and become a champion athlete.
The gamble paid off as the Yeovil College student is no longer in pain and the fittest she has been in her life.
Last August she became the British PTS4 Paratriathlon Champion and she will begin a sports and exercise degree at Loughborough University later this year.
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She said: “Since having my amputation I’ve never felt sorry for myself. It’s all been about making the most out of situation showing to myself as much as anyone that a ‘disability’ doesn’t have to define what you can and can’t do.
“I have achieved so much more than I ever thought I would and this is just the beginning which is very exciting.”
Hannah’s custom-made ‘cycling’ leg clips straight into her bike’s pedal so she doesn’t lose any power when she pushes down.
She switches her leg for a blade when she takes part in the running element of her triathlon.
Matthew Hughes, prosthetist at Dorset Orthopaedic, said: “Hannah should be proud of the progress she has made in such a short space of time.”
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