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Jamie Gane was 16 years old when he made the decision to have his lower leg moncler outlet store amputated.

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Having developed complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) in his foot at the age of nine, Gane had reached the point where amputation was a better alternative to living with the severe discomfortcaused by the condition.

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He explains Moncler Outlet that his “foot was purple in colour” and he was unable to put any pressure on it or wear shoes or socks. Training for judo had become almost impossible.

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“It was extremely difficult to practice judo with my foot, as it was extremely painful if someone touched it,” says Gane. “I would have to fight with my foot hanging out of my body, and if it was knocked in training I would need to go home immediately and would subsequently be in bed for the following week.”

But even if Gane had made the decision that amputation was in his best interests, doctors weren’t convinced.

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For most people with CRPS moncler jacket sale (85%), pain will substantially reduce over the course of two years after the condition starts. In Jamie’s case though, the pain didn’t go away, and he was left with, as he puts it, “a part of my body that moncler outlet online didn’t work”.

cheap moncler cheap moncler coats sale Gane moncler factory outlet argued that with amputation he wouldn’t have a foot to worry about and wouldn’t have to flinch whenever anyone came near it, but doctors were very reluctant to discuss amputation. cheap moncler sale

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Typically, treatment for CRPS involves a combination of physical rehabilitation, pain relief treatments and psychological support. The doctors Gane moncler outlet jackets spoke to believed that amputation could make his condition worse, suggesting that if you remove the foot, the pain could just move up his leg to the stump.

cheap moncler outlet Eventually, Gane found a doctor willing to amputate, under the condition that he commit to 18 months of counselling, as well as visiting prosthetic centres and moncler outlet uk undergo further testing. cheap moncler outlet

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moncler sale outlet Gane’s surgery was finally booked for July 5 2016, but 10 minutes before the operation was due to begin it was cancelled because the anaesthetist didn’t think it was the right thing to do. moncler sale outlet

buy moncler jackets “It was certainly the worst day of my life, however, it drove me even further for it to be amputated,” says Gane. buy moncler jackets

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It took a further two months for Gane’s surgery to be rescheduled, and at the end of September 2016, at the age of 22, his single below knee amputation was completed. moncler sale outlet After his initial recovery, which he explains took about three months, Gane was able to get back on the judo mat.

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cheap moncler “Having my amputation allowed me to not worry about my stump,” says Gane. “I didn’t need to worry about being thrown and I was able to train harder, faster and without pain.” cheap moncler

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moncler outlet online Currently, Gane explains, he is the only lower limb amputee in the world to compete internationally, where he fights in the “Special Needs Judo” category, which includes athletes who suffer from conditions like ADHD and autism, and are mostly able bodied. moncler outlet online

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cheap moncler jackets “The classification system is not built for those with physical disabilities, so I am very much an anomaly,” says Gane. cheap moncler jackets

“The difficulty is in recruiting amputees to do judo. With other disability sports, such as wheelchair basketball, hospitals will often have a team and court attached to the hospital for individuals to play shortly after their injury. However, unfortunately, that is not possible for judo,” Gane adds.

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“Individuals are not allowed to hop after surgery for at least eight weeks and given that you are not able to fight with a prosthetic on, this puts a lot of individuals off the sport in general.”.


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