Man Settling Into Specially Adapted Property Supports Limb Loss Awareness Month
A Hampshire man who underwent a leg amputation after being hit by an unqualified driver has spoken of his determination to look to the future after lawyers secured him a settlement.
Phil Dyke, from Gosport, was out cycling when he was struck by a Ford Puma while waiting at the junction of Dock Road and South Street. The driver was a provisional licence holder not under the supervision of a qualified motorist.
The father-of-one was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital and underwent more than 15 operations as doctors attempted to rebuild his right leg. However, despite their best efforts, he required a below-the-knee amputation.
Phil, 71, instructed specialist serious injury lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to help him access the therapies and support he requires. He is now using Limb Loss Awareness Month to reveal how he is determined not to let his disability affect his life.
It comes after Irwin Mitchell secured his settlement for Phil. It has allowed specialist adaptations to be carried out to the house he shares with wife Tina, 57, and their new puppy, Arlo. The settlement will also fund the ongoing specialist rehabilitation and therapies Phil requires.
Expert Opinion“Phil and Tina have faced an incredibly challenging few years as a result of the collision, including receiving the devastating news that he would have to lose part of his right leg.
“However, while his life has been turned upside down, Phil has always shown a huge amount of courage to try and look positively to the future.
“While nothing can make up for what has happened we are delighted that Phil is moving forward with his life and also hope that the adaptions made to his new home mean he can enjoy plenty of independence.
“However, it is also vital the motorists are aware of the consequences that vulnerable road users such as cyclists can be left to face because of the carless actions of others.” Claire Howard - Partner
Phil, a former baker, had worked on board the Queen Elizabeth II cruise liner, is now able to resume his love of baking in his new adapted kitchen.
Looking back on what happened, Phil said: “I was heading towards retirement when the incident occurred and it meant many of the plans that Tina and I had made went out of the window.
“There has been more than just the physical aspect to contend with however, as my experiences have had a major impact from a psychological point of view too. It has been tough having to ask Tina for help with tasks that I would have previously done on my own without a second thought.
“However, our new look home and getting Arlo have been a big moment for us and it feels like things are starting to look up once again. Having an adapted property means I can do more things myself, which has really been a big boost to my confidence.
“Nothing will change the past, but my focus now is entirely on the future. No matter how bad things get, things can get better. Losing a limb was devastating, but I’m determined to look forward now.”
Following the crash in April 2016 the Ford Puma driver was found guilty of driving without due care and attention, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and driving without insurance. They were banned from driving for two years.
Limb Loss Awareness Month runs throughout April and aims to highlight the impact of such conditions and how those affected are rebuilding their independence. It is supported by a number of charities including LimbPower, Limbless Association, Blesma and Steps.