Therapies

A spinal injury patient from North Ascot has been able to complete a sponsored London Marathon run, four years after an accident almost robbed him of the ability to walk.

David Lindop completed the marathon in five hours and 48 minutes as part of his efforts to raise money for the charity organisation Spinal Research, reports the Bracknell News.

It represented a demanding physical test of his recovery after a collision with a car while riding his motorcycle in 2009 left him with a double fracture at the top of his spine and almost severed his spinal cord.

He was subsequently placed in a medically-induced coma at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, but was able to make a strong recovery and returned to work within four months, though he still suffers from lapses in memory and focus as a result of the incident.

Mr Lindop said that although he did not meet his own four-hour marathon target, he was still "pleased as punch to have completed it at all".

Spinal Research is the UK's leading charity funding medical research into paralysis caused by a broken back or neck, with more than 120 projects having benefited from its support over the years.

His Royal Highness attended the official opening of Bradway House - the new national base for the charity - as part of his first official visit to Nottingham, where he was greeted by a crowd that included hundreds of local schoolchildren.

During his visit, he met with a selection of people who have been directly affected by brain injury in order to learn more about the way the condition can change lives, as well as seeing first-hand the work that Headway does.

The prince took part in an experiential workshop to simulate some of the effects of brain injury - including visual problems and one-sided weakness - and even agreed to try changing a nappy on a doll with one hand, in order to see the challenges everyday tasks can pose for those affected.

Headway vice-president James Cracknell and former servicemen Johnson Beharry and Tom Birch - all of whom are affected by brain injury - also met with Prince Harry to discuss their involvement with the Headway Charity Challenge Team.

By getting involved in supporting Headway, the young prince was following in the footsteps of his late mother Princess Diana, who was the Royal Patron of the charity between 1991 and 1996.

 

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