Footballer battling back after losing leg

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  • Shachkeil Burrows (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

    Shachkeil Burrows (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

  • Shachkeil Burrows (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

    Shachkeil Burrows (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

  • Shachkeil Burrows and Khaeljah Burgess (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

    Shachkeil Burrows and Khaeljah Burgess (Photograph by Akil Simmons)


Keen footballer Shachkeil Burrows lost his leg in a horror road accident just two weeks ago.

But the brave 24-year-old, who planned to train as a football coach in England, is determined to battle back despite his life-changing injury.

Mr Burrows said: “I could not just sit here, I think that would make me worse. It would shock me a bit more if I didn’t move — I don’t want to feel like I’m paralysed.”

Despite the loss of his lower right leg, he is already exercising and using his walking frame to do dips as well as push ups.

And he is planning to return next month to Nottingham, England, and start raising money through GoFundMe and special events for a hi-tech bionic leg so he can regain full mobility.

Mr Burrows was severely injured when the bike on which he was a pillion passenger collided with a car near Paget’s Ice Queen takeaway on Sunday, July 30.

Stunned Mr Burrows sat up in the road and saw a pool of blood where his leg should have been.

He said: “I was just like ‘get me to the hospital, I’m losing a lot of blood’.

“I said ‘don’t let me die’, that’s all I was thinking — that I couldn’t die here. Mom and dad are going to be p****d’.”

He and friend Dakai Grant, who was driving the bike and suffered serious injuries to a foot, were rushed to hospital by ambulance.

Mr Burrows said: “They put me to sleep, then I just woke up. The leg was gone and that was it.”

Now back at home, Mr Burrows has equipment to aid mobility and uses his walker as much as he can.

He said: “I could pretty much do everything in here. Day by day I get a bit stronger.”

But he said he still needed help and was frustrated by his lack of independence, although the support of his family and friends helped to keep him going.

Mr Burrows said: “If I didn’t have anyone here I’d probably just sit here but I’m not really that guy who plays PlayStation or anything like that either, so it’s like all I really do is watch TV. It gets a bit annoying sometimes.”

He now faces around three months in recovery, which will include gruelling therapy and the removal of surgical staples on his damaged limb.

Mr Burrows said he had been visited by award-winning bartender Ryan Gibbons, whose right leg was amputated two years after it was broken in nine places in a 2008 motorcycle accident.

Mr Gibbons also fought his way back from injury and now competes in road races using his own hi-tech “blade runner” artificial leg.

Mr Burrows said: “He came around and showed me his artificial leg. He let me hold it and it’s pretty normal, to be honest.

“He said he still gets the same nerve pains that I get now but, other than that, the leg should be just like my normal leg.”

And he joked: “Obviously it’s 2017 so I might get it tatted and make it look pretty.”

Mr Burrows’s father Meshach Wade said his son’s courage was “inspiring”.

Mr Wade admitted: “Last week it was difficult but his spirit is lifting my spirits, because he is so high-spirited.

“He’s still joking, he’s still saying stuff like ‘oh, daddy, come scratch my leg’.

“It’s amazing. He’s carrying me.”

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Published Aug 11, 2017 at 8:00 am (Updated Aug 11, 2017 at 9:56 am)

Footballer battling back after losing leg

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