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Adapted trike sees seven-year-old cycle for first time after traumatic accident

Thursday, 26 July 2018

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A SEVEN-year-old boy who was seriously injured in a lawnmower accident four years ago, has been given the chance to ride a bike for the first time after receiving charity funding for a specially adapted trike.
John James McElduff, who lives in Omagh, suffered a traumatic injury to his right foot after an incident involving a lawnmower just before his third birthday, which saw him lose over 90 per cent of his ankle bone.
As his injuries were so severe, John James was taken straight into Intensive Care where he had skin grafting. It was two weeks before the doctors could operate and he then underwent over 20 surgeries in just a few months.
John James even had to be given an anaesthetic every time there was a dressing change as he was in so much pain.
His family were told that he may be able to walk again, but would never be able to pedal a bike or run. John James's mum Patricia explained: "Thank goodness he was too young to remember the accident as it really was horrific and left him with devastating injuries. The doctors said they'd never seen an injury like this before and that he would have no bend in his ankle which meant he would never be able to ride a bike. The damage also meant his injured leg was left shorter than his other leg."
Full story in this week's Tyrone Constitution...

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