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Crash victim faces agonising decision over leg

TO amputate, or not to amputate - it's a nightmare decision to make.

But that's what Yeppoon's Justin Davis faces three years after a horrific accident saw his right leg crushed between his motorbike and a car that failed to give way.

He has been on various medications while working his way up from a wheelchair to crutches to finally walking.The accident occurred in 2011 as Justin travelled south along Fitzroy St past the Bolsover St intersection on his way to work.

That intersection has since been named the tenth most dangerous intersection in Queensland.

As he rode his motorbike through the intersection, behind a truck, a car tried to turn onto Bolsover St behind the truck and hit him.

It was a month before he could get out of bed, three months in hospital and another six months in a wheelchair before moving to crutches.

But the nerve damage in his leg is still so bad Justin has been meeting with multiple specialists to discuss whether using a prosthetic would give him better function.

"If I'm on my feet for any significant period of time, as soon as I get back off it again it refuses to take weight when I try to stand on it again," he said.

"The rational part of my brain goes, 'do it, because things would have to be so much better than they are now', whereas the primal part of my brain goes, 'don't be crazy'."

The weekly physio he has been doing for the past year recently came to an end when the physiotherapist told him there was nothing extra they could offer him in terms of mobility.

"I have to persevere until it 100% stops improving, even if improvement is at barely a crawl, I've got to keep going until I know that it's as good as it's ever going to get," he said.

WITH the intersection at the centre of Justin's horrific accident now officially declared one of the worst in Queensland, Justin hopes the infamy will see people take more care driving through it.

He is also pleased to see the government plans to upgrade the intersection and include turning arrows.

"While there's an element of user error I'm not sure that the lights and the whole set up in that area is probably as good as it could be to mitigate the chance of driver error," he said.

"It's all good and well to say it's driver error and people need to be more careful, but that doesn't help the people that were on their way to work in the morning and suddenly in a split second their life has changed forever."

Topics:  amputation, car accident, editors picks, medical




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