Ken's 40 year dream to walk is $35k away
KEN Pashley has been on crutches for 38 years but not a day has tony by where he hash't dreamt of walking.
"Just to be able to get up, walk around, just to be able to use both hands, to reach up and do something without crutches falling out from under your arms," Mr Pashley said.
When Mr Pashley was just 13-years-old he was riding his pushbike in Calcutta when he was struck by a furniture removal truck.
After months in hospital, Mr Pashley's life was saved but he left leg was not.
Initially the amputation was below the knee, but it required further amputation after the wound turned gangrene.
Left with a small stump on his left leg, Mr Pashley was hopeful for an artificial leg, but it did not work.
Nerve problems in the stump meant each time Mr Pashley wore the leg; his stump would swell and ache beyond control.
"My stump can't handle any pressure," he said.
Several different legs and failed operations later, Mr Pashley committed to a life on crutches.
Decades on crutches has meant Mr Pashley needed two shoulder reconstructions and could not hold down a regular job or fulfil his passion for mechanics.
That was until a few weeks ago, when Mr Pashley was watching a show on television that featured osseointegration surgery.
The surgery involves a titanium rod inserted into the bone and the artificial limb connects to the rod.
"Then there's no pressure on the flesh," Mr Pashley said.
"After a lot of ringing around, I got onto the doctor who performs them in Sydney, got an appointment and went down and seen him."
"I had good news; I was approved for the operation."
But now just $35,000 and a trip to Sydney for the osseointegration surgery stand between Mr Pashley and his ability to walk again.
With encouragement from the family and friends, Mr Pashley has set up a GoFundMe Page for donations.
"It would be very much appreciated, it's been a life time dream just to be able to get up and walk without the hindrance of crutches," he said.
"I've dreamt of walking for nearly 40 years.
Created just four days ago, the GoFundMe Page called, To Walk Again has already raised $1059.
Help Ken walk again
- Donate to Ken via Go Fund Me: www.gofundme.com/UB9H4K
- Raised so far: $1059
- Goal: $35, 000