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A man who lost a leg in a crash after drinking and riding has pleaded with others to avoid the temptation to take to the roads after consuming alcohol.

Milford Waldron said his life had changed completely after he lost control of his motorbike and smashed head-on into a car last month.

Mr Waldron emphasised: “I'm not here to tell people don't drink — my story is to tell people don't drink and drive.”

He warned the public: “You are not only putting yourself in danger, but everyone else's life in danger.

“I decided to be a voice because I wouldn't wish this on anybody.

“Please, please, please take it from me. I have the scars to show for it; it's not worth it.

“Get in a cab, sleep over, get someone to take you home.”

Mr Waldron suffered severe pain as his leg — amputated above the knee — healed.

He said: “My leg was healing from the inside out and I can tell you — I know what pain feels like.

“I could write a book on pain — it was intense, constant and shocking. I had darting pains — they would die out and then come back like a thunderbolt through my leg.”

Mr Waldron, nicknamed JuJu, is wheelchair-bound, but hopes to be fitted with an artificial leg to help him become more mobile.

The 54-year-old from Warwick, a contractor for telecoms firm Digicel who was laid off before the crash as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, added: “This is my life now. One day I will be walking again, but I will be walking with a message for the young ones who think this couldn't happen to them.”

Mr Waldron, a former assistant football coach at Western Stars Sports Club (Dandy Town) and ex-manager of the club's cricket team, was riding home from Flatts Village at about 7.30pm on May 24 when the crash happened.

He admitted he had drank several beers and a couple of shots.

He lost control of his bike and veered into the opposite lane at the junction of South Road and Harvey Road in Paget.

His right leg was crushed and he also broke his right arm in two places. The woman car driver suffered only minor injuries.

Mr Waldron said: “The impact was like hitting concrete. I remember saying to myself, ‘Oh, God'. I knew it was a serious hit. I struck the bumper first then hit the windscreen.

“My leg had to take the brunt of the licks. My leg felt dead.”

He was rushed to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, where doctors realised he had lost too much blood to be airlifted to America for specialist surgery to save the leg.

The focus switched to saving his life and he underwent surgery — when he woke the next day the leg had been removed.

Mr Waldron said: “I had prepared myself for the worst from the talks before the surgery — my life was more important to me.

“When I woke up, I made up my mind to accept what had happened, but I knew from that instant that my life was changed.

“I had to keep positive for my family, but the mental aspect of it is the worst.

“It is like part of you has been shut off and taken from you — a part of you dies.”

Mr Waldron said he had been banned from the roads three times for drink-driving in the past and that each time he told himself he would never do it again.

He added: “People always think they are in control after they have consumed alcohol, but you are never 100 per cent.

“I went off the road three times. I thought I would do the year ban, do the night in jail and said I would never do it again.

“Then you get into a social gathering and it's good times. But this time it was my turn.”

Hard lesson: Milford Waldron, who lost a leg after a drink-driving crash in May (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Milford Waldron on the hood of the car he crashed into after drink-driving (Photograph supplied)

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Published June 26, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated June 26, 2020 at 7:28 am)

‘Drink-driving cost me my leg’

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