'We've the power to get Dave back on his feet'
PUBLISHED: 11:33 21 August 2015
An amputee faced three months confined to a wheelchair - until an Exmouth business stepped in and helped him back on his feet.
Dave Parr, 45, of Honeypark Road, Budleigh Salterton, was holidaying with his wife, Sarah, 46, in Mevagissey, Cornwall, when the foot on his prosthetic leg seized, leaving him unable to walk.
Knowing he faced a three-month wait in a wheelchair until a new artificial leg was specially crafted, Dave called on Exmouth Power Tools, in Pound Lane, to ask for help keeping him mobile.
Owner Gary Wright and engineer Adrian Tansley rose to the challenge and Dave was back on his feet within half an hour – at no cost.
Dave said red tape prevented local prosthetic limb specialists from helping him – only the person who crafts the original artificial limb is allowed to fix it.
He said: “I would have been in a wheelchair until I could get an NHS one remade, which takes about three or four months.
“Basically, Gary kept me out of the wheels and on my feet.”
When bolts holding Dave’s prosthetic foot in place broke on holiday, leaving him unable to walk, he managed a temporary fix with Duct tape, but was forced to rely on a wheelchair to get around.
On his return home, Dave took his leg into Exmouth Power Tools to ask for an Allen key to free up broken bolts that prevented his prosthetic foot from moving.
The tool team went one better, whisking Dave into the back of the unit, fixing the problem.
Owner Gary, a blacksmith by trade, said: “We didn’t do anything special. It was just worn out and needed altering. It was just half an hour out of our day to help someone who’s had a few issues; he’s a lovely bloke. We managed to help him out when others couldn’t.
“He came in and wanted to buy an Allen key. I asked him what type. He took out this prosthetic leg from under his arm.
“We couldn’t see him go out of here without his favourite leg. We had to get him sorted.
“He was so happy when he walked out. He came back the next day with some wine.”
Dave’s leg was amputated in 2003 when he was run over by an HGV lorry.
He was a passenger in a work vehicle that crashed, throwing Dave through the windscreen onto the road.
Dave was run over, suffered a brain injury, lost his leg, had multiple bones pinned, was in a coma and was expected to die.