Strong, determined and seemingly fearless, David trained for years as a competitive BMX cyclist in Hungary before moving to England. “I started extreme mountain biking for the first time when I was fourteen. I just love to fly into the air on a bike and do tricks,” he said.
I remember waking up on the sidewalk and I couldn’t move my right leg. That’s how I knew there was a big problem.
Ironically, his job as a pizza delivery boy proved to be more dangerous.
“I was on my way home. I had finished up at work, and suddenly I realized a car is turning in front of me, and it hit me on my right side,” said David. “From there, I remember waking up on the sidewalk and I couldn’t move my right leg. That’s how I knew there was a big problem.”
Every bone in David’s right leg was broken, his foot crushed, and the nerves, which provide feeling to the lower leg had been severed. Not one, but two different surgeons recommended amputating the 22-year old’s right leg. Understandably, David was devastated. “I didn’t even want to hear about it. I became withdrawn,” he said. “They told me that I probably wouldn’t be able to walk anymore, or at least stand up on my right leg and I wouldn’t be able to bike. It hit me hard.”
David was desperate for another opinion. Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Satyagit Naique offered a glimmer of hope. Together with plastic surgeons, Dr. Naique performed multiple surgeries including a free flap procedure, where tissue and an artery from David’s scapula were used to restore the skin and blood flow to his foot. “For four straight days they secured my leg. At the end of the fourth day they said there was a chance that they could save it, but there wasn’t any guarantee that this would work,” said David.
The surgeons used the Orthofix TL-Hex system, an extremity fixation device that keeps bone segments aligned during the healing process. The system consists of circular and semi-circular external supports secured to the bones by wires and pins and interconnected by six struts.
Since the successful procedure that saved him from the amputation of his leg, David has begun to reclaim his life, doing what some said was impossible…getting back on a bike. He says he feels alive again. “It was fantastic to sit on a bike again and jump through the air,” said David. ”One of my dreams came true again. It’s an unbelievably great feeling.”