GRANT HELPS KWAME MAINTAIN HIS STRENGTH
A Rugby man who lost the use of his legs following a motorway collision near Coventry now has regular use of life-changing rehabilitation equipment in his own home thanks to a £5,550 grant from the WPH Charitable Trust.
Father-of-four Kwame Nyanyo, aged 54, who lives with wife Lorraine in Old Brownsover, had been in a seemingly minor accident on the M6 motorway near Corley Services in June 2018.
Kwame was signed off work until the following September and although he didn’t feel 100 per cent he returned to work for a few weeks but found his pain – and his mobility – gradually worsening.
An MRI scan revealed a problem with Kwame’s spinal cord and he underwent an operation at the end of October.
However complications during the procedure meant that Kwame lost the use of his legs. He spent seven months in hospital and is now full time in a wheelchair, diagnosed with an incomplete tetraplegia, although doctors say there is a good chance he could be back on his feet within two to three years of the operation.
Kwame, who had previously worked all over the country as a service engineer for Costa Coffee and Starbucks, said: “The accident for me was life changing. But I am a positive person. I don’t get down about things. I just get on with it and try to stay positive.
“Because I was confined to bed for so long I still need regular physio for everything – my arms and my legs. It was my physiotherapist who told me about the WPH Charitable Trust and recommended I apply for financial help for the standing chair.
“I was delighted as there is no way we would have had the chair without the help of WPH. But it has been so good for me – it helps me to work my strength and my core, and I’m using my arms and my legs so it helps to keep my blood flowing.
“Just as the accident itself was life-changing for me, so this device has been also.”
Lorraine said the standing aid had given Kwame and his family more hope of a full recovery in time. She said: “Without it, there was still the determination in us to reach our same end goal – getting Kwame back on his feet – but this has helped increase our chances.”
Kwame added: “We cannot thank WPH enough. They have no idea what they have actually done for us.”