Ex-Police Detective Malcolm Hingle was injured in action, resulting in the amputation of his left leg. He is now training to cycle 350 miles from Paris to London to support Help for Heroes.
In July 2006, Malcolm was on ‘Covert Surveillance’ duty, following suspected drug dealers undercover on his motorbike when a car collided with his motorbike, severely dislocating his knee and fracturing his arm.
Following fifty-six operations, Malcolm’s left leg was eventually amputated above his knee in July 2011. After thirty years of service, Malcolm unfortunately had to take early retirement from the Police.
Malcolm first attended Dorset Orthopaedic in October 2011 where Clinical Director David Hills acted as his Expert Witness in his legal case. Malcolm says: “I quickly realised Dorset Orthopaedic was leading the field in prosthetic rehabilitation; so I wanted to be with the top company!”
With the support of a legal case, Malcolm was prescribed the ground-breaking Genium™ Knee by Otto Bock. This one-of-a-kind prosthetic knee utilises sophisticated software to turn multiple environmental inputs (a complex sensor system, including a gyroscope and an accelerometer) into the most natural, intuitive motion available. The prosthesis facilitates fast, complex movements that allow Malcolm to easily step over obstacles, play sport and continue with everyday activities.
Malcolm tells us: “David introduced me to the Genium Microprocessor limb which is life-changing and has never let me down. Now I don’t have to concentrate on everyday activities that people take for granted, I can just get on with my life.”
Malcolm jokes: “With other limbs I was like an Only Fools and Horses sketch! I would fall over, off my prosthetic limb, and my wife would be looking for me like Trigger and Del Boy! With the Genium I am secure and can carry heavy weights, play golf and enjoy everyday activities like walking around the supermarket.”
Since becoming an amputee, Malcolm is determined to give something back. In October 2012 Malcolm walked 100Km over six days in 38-degree heat through the Jordan National Park, in Petra, in aid of Parkinson’s disease. His next venture is to complete the 350-mile ‘Big Battlefield Bike Ride (BBBR)’ from Paris to London on the 27th May to support Help for Heroes.
The BBBR is an emotional and physical challenge. Cyclists ride for six days, covering 60 – 90miles a day, journeying through significant WW1 and WW2 battlefields. Over one hundred wounded servicemen, women and veterans will start at the Eiffel Tower and cross the finish line at the Horse Guards Parade in London, after laying a wreath at the Cenotaph. To complete this challenge Malcolm is in need of a durable, comfortable socket to fit his prosthetic, so he sought Dorset Orthopaedic’s expert advice once again.
David and Malcolm have worked together to design a Comfort Fit® Prosthetic Socket tailor-made for Malcolm’s bike. “It’s great that Dorset Orthopaedic can create bespoke products. This socket will give me more comfort and I will be able to cycle for eight hours, without many sores.”
It is the combination of Dorset Orthopaedic’s years of experience and the ability to hand-form each prosthetic socket on an individual basis that really makes a difference to clients like Malcolm. Add to this ultra lightweight and flexible materials and you have a winning combination of comfort and lightness. To help support Malcolm and show your appreciation for our wounded, please visit Malcolm’s JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/Malcolm-Jim-Battlefield-Bike-Ride.
About Dorset Orthopaedic
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