26th October 2012 – Blade runner tells story at hospital talk
Runner and amputee Philip Sheridan will talk about his story and demonstrate his running blade prosthetic limb, as used by athletes at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, at an event at Airedale Hospital.
Philip, from St Ives, had to have his leg amputated below the knee in 2002 following a near fatal motorbike accident. He underwent nine operations to rebuild his body and thought he would never run again. However, he has recently been able to renew his love of trail running after he was given the prosthetic ‘blade’.
He will discuss his recovery at a free talk at the hospital, demonstrate how the blade works and answer questions from budding sports scientists. Although he has a regular prosthetic leg for day-to-day life, he uses his Flex Run blade for running, and sees it as a piece of technology rather than a crutch. The talk will be held in the Lecture Theatre, part of the Education Centre, at Airedale Hospital, Keighley, on Tuesday 6 November at 10.30am.
Free refreshments are available beforehand, in the board room, and there is also an opportunity to drop in and meet public governors from the hospital before the event. The talk is open to everyone but would be ideal for anyone looking to start a career in sports science or physiotherapy. Places are free, but do need to be booked in advance either by telephone on 01535 2924540 (24hr answerphone) or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The talk is one of a series of events Airedale NHS Foundation Trust organises for its foundation trust members. Talks are arranged monthly and cover subjects such as diabetes and audiology and all are free.