MAN RE­TURNS TO HIS LOVE OF SWIM­MING AF­TER BREAK­ING HIS NECK IN SAUNA

HE SPENT 12 WEEKS IN A FRAME RE­COV­ER­ING FROM HIS IN­JURIES AF­TER FREAK AC­CI­DENT

Grimsby Telegraph - - Front Page - By Abby Rus­ton abby.rus­ton@reach­plc.com

A FREAK ac­ci­dent af­ter a sud­den black­out left Mal­colm Lamb with a bro­ken neck and the fear that he may never swim again. How­ever, with his own de­ter­mined per­son­al­ity, cou­pled with the sup­port of his fam­ily, and health and leisure ex­perts, Mal­colm is now swim­ming up to 80 lengths again at least five times every week. UK-born Mal­colm has lived in Louth for four years, af­ter re­tir­ing to the town from Amer­ica where he was a suc­cess­ful busi­ness­man along­side his wife Kristi.

Dur­ing his time in the States Mal­colm was the State of Ore­gon Wing Leader, for the An­gel Flight char­ity; a vol­un­teer­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion that sees pi­lots give up their time to trans­port peo­ple in cri­sis to hos­pi­tals or for emer­gency help.

“One of the most emo­tional times I had was fly­ing a man who had had a heart transplant for his an­nual check-up. When we touched down, wait­ing to meet him was a woman – it was the widow of the man whose heart saved his life,” re­called Mal­colm.

Af­ter set­tling in Louth, Mal­colm – hav­ing re­tired from fly­ing – be­came a keen swim­mer and dis­cov­ered the town’s Merid­ian Leisure Cen­tre. He got up to 120 lengths a day be­fore a sud­den black-out led to a fall – with se­vere con­se­quences. He was relaxing on the top seat­ing area of a sauna and the next thing he knew he had come around on the floor, with peo­ple help­ing him.

“I had had a sud­den black­out, which led to the fall.

“I landed on my head and, al­though I did not know a lot about it at the time as I was un­con­scious, I had a break in my neck.

“That was in Au­gust last year and I spent 12 weeks in a frame, with the threat that I may never be able to swim again. In fact, had it not been for the fast-ac­tion of oth­ers, I may never have walked again,” he said. How­ever, walk and swim Mal­colm cer­tainly did – and he is now en­cour­ag­ing other lo­cal peo­ple to join him at Merid­ian. “Louth is ex­tremely lucky to have a cen­tre like this. When I lived in Amer­ica, I vis­ited a very sim­i­lar fa­cil­ity, but it was three-times the price,” said Mal­colm.

“As we all get older, it is re­ally im­por­tant that we stay fit and

“I landed on my head and, al­though I did not know a lot about it at the time as I was un­con­scious, I had a break in my neck – had it not been for the fast-ac­tion of oth­ers, I may never have walked again Mal­colm Lamb

healthy,” he added. Mal­colm is also an ac­tive mem­ber of Louth Ten­nis Club’s Boules team, which com­petes in a new league. With around 20 mem­bers at the mo­ment, the club plays at sites along­side the Louth Nav­i­ga­tion at Tick­lepenny Lock, be­hind the Wheat­sheaf Pub and at the Ten­nis Cen­tre.

How­ever, mem­bers are look­ing for an­other venue that is more suit­able for com­pe­ti­tions. New mem­bers are also wel­come. For more de­tails email Mal­colm on mal­co­lamb@msn.com

Mal­colm Lamb learned to swim again af­ter a freak ac­ci­dent.

The freak ac­ci­dent hap­pened at Merid­ian Leisure Cen­tre in Louth.

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