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Filey Amputee Learns To Drive

Vikki Gardner

Published by Karen Liu at 6:04am 15th March 2019.

A Filey woman is learning how to drive - without her left leg.

Vikki Gardner, 52, had a through-hip amputation due to septicaemia ten years ago.

She said:

"Septicaemia had left my surgeon with no choice but to perform this very serious kind of total leg amputation.

I learned later that at this point in his career he'd only carried out this procedure on three occasions and sadly the other two patients had not survived.

I became very ill while in the hospital.

I clearly remember hearing people say I wouldn't be able to walk again, but my dad kept me positive with his endless support and sense of humour.

He compared me to one of the little clockwork ornamental ballerinas that you used to see in gift shops.

They would pirouette around on just one leg and I thought to myself, 'Yes that'll be me, here comes the spinning ballerina!'

I eventually came to terms with losing my leg, and also with the fact that the nature of my amputation had ruled out the fitting of a prosthetic replacement, but I made the decision that it wasn't going to ruin my life.

In early December, my parents told me that they were moving from Filey to Malton and I was like 'oh, how will I visit you If I wasn't learning to drive?' because of public transport, it would be a long day."

She is wanting to pass her test before her birthday which is next Tuesday (19th March).

Vikki said:

"I want to encourage people that maybe, you've thought about driving like me; but you thought you were too old to learn, or you were too disabled to learn.

Give it a go, it's opened up a whole new world to me."

She currently lives in the Beyond Housing bungalow in Filey after her situation was picked up by a housing officer.


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