Chris over­comes huge ad­ver­sity

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Ducking And Diving -

A win­dow fit­ter whose leg had to be am­pu­tated af­ter a work fall is hop­ing to raise thou­sands of pounds for char­ity by run­ning the Lon­don Marathon with his daugh­ter.

Chris Luck­hurst, 59, from Ke­nard­ing­ton, broke his back and shat­tered his an­kle af­ter a fall while work­ing in 2009.

His in­juries left him need­ing a spinal board for eight months, then a spinal jacket for a fur­ther six months, and be­cause of the chronic pain he even­tu­ally had his right leg am­pu­tated in Novem­ber 2014.

De­spite the in­jury, he al­ways vowed to run a marathon along with his daugh­ter Natasha, 25, who is study­ing a PhD in im­munol­ogy at Kingston Univer­sity.

Mr Luck­hurst said: “Natasha al­ways said that when she turned 18 she wanted to run a marathon, but af­ter my ac­ci­dent I didn’t think I was go­ing to be able to do it.

“I fell off a lad­der at work, and my an­kle never re­ally healed prop­erly. I was hav­ing to use crutches all the time for about four years, so I couldn’t go back to work and I had to take so many painkillers.

“I went to see my GP and he re­ferred me up to Lon­don. I said I wanted to go back to work, and asked if they could am­pu­tate the leg. It took about nine months for them to agree to the pro­ce­dure.

“When I told peo­ple I was get­ting it am­pu­tated, I had to con­vince a few of them that I knew what I was do­ing.”

He had the pro­ce­dure at St Thomas’ Hos­pi­tal in Lon­don, and has since been walk­ing again with­out any dif­fi­culty, and went for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion at Crys­tal Palace in Jan­uary 2015.

His pros­thetist saw how de­ter­mined he was to run, and made sure that Mr Luck­hurst could get a spe­cially de­signed run­ning blade which was be­ing tri­alled as a po­ten­tial op­tion to of­fer am­putees on the NHS to im­prove their fit­ness and live a healthy life.

Since then, Mr Luck­hurst has been run­ning with the blade, and along with his daugh­ter was cho­sen to run for the Make A Wish Foun­da­tion, which grants wishes to chil­dren fac­ing lifethreat­en­ing ill­nesses.

To find out more or to do­nate to his cause, visit www.just­giv­ing.com/team­luck­hurst.

Chris Luck­hurst and his daugh­ter Natasha

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