Bruce is walk­ing tall

Paral­ysed Bruce in as­tound­ing re­cov­ery

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Front Page - AN­DREW BARGH

Mon­k­lands mir­a­cle man Bruce Ford is back on his feet af­ter a freak ac­ci­dent led doc­tors to be­lieve he’d be in a wheel­chair for life.

The 51-year-old was paral­ysed and spent seven months in hos­pi­tal af­ter be­ing thrown from a me­chan­i­cal bull in Por­tu­gal back in 2016.

But de­ter­mined Bruce has man­aged to defy ex­pec­ta­tions and shared his story with us.

‘Medics had writ­ten me off and said I’d be in an elec­tric wheel­chair for the rest of my life’ Bruce Ford

Three years ago Bruce Ford was ly­ing stricken on a Por­tuguese hos­pi­tal bed af­ter an ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing a me­chan­i­cal bull ren­dered him paral­ysed with a bro­ken neck.

Well, it’s fair to say the Air­drie dad has since taken the prover­bial bull by the horns dur­ing his as­tound­ing re­cov­ery.

Doc­tors told Bruce it was un­likely he would walk again af­ter the near fa­tal in­ci­dent while on hol­i­day with friends in Al­bufeira in Septem­ber 2016.

But the de­ter­mined 51-year-old built his strength back up and is now even able to get be­hind the wheel of a car.

Now work­ing from home as a project man­ager for Lloyd’s bank, Bruce has been able to get around with the aid of walk­ing sticks for more than a year.

De­spite his de­vel­op­ment hit­ting a “plateau”, he is de­ter­mined to keep mak­ing progress ev­ery day.

He said: “Medics had writ­ten me off and said I’d be in an elec­tric wheel­chair for the rest of my life.

“They didn’t think I’d get much bet­ter in any way. I felt a lot of pride when I was able to get back on my feet.

“I never thought I would get this far but I knew I would try my hardest.

“I still fall down now and then but the only way I can fall is if I’m stand­ing in the first place.

“My bal­ance is a prob­lem some­times and there’s a huge dif­fer­ence in walk­ing out­side com­pared to the flat sur­faces in my house.

“The tini­est bumps in a pave­ment make it feel like I’m tack­ling Ever­est.

“It takes me about an hour to walk down to Gartlea’s Tesco and back, which is nor­mally a 20-minute trip.”

Bruce, who is orig­i­nally from Sun­der­land, also re­vealed he had ex­tra in­spi­ra­tion to get back on his feet.

He con­tin­ued: “My wife Louise and I got mar­ried in Septem­ber 2017, and I was able to do a small bit of walk­ing down the aisle. It was tough, though, and I was in the chair for our first dance!

“She’s been an amaz­ing sup­port.”

Pound­ing the pave­ments Bruce and his wife Louise are able to go out walk­ing, with Bruce us­ing his sticks

Geared up Bruce is now even able to get be­hind the wheel of a car

On their bikes Bruce’s friends cy­cled from Air­drie to Sun­der­land’s Sta­dium of Light to raise funds for a wet room and study

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