I was 5 years old, I was the type of kid that was always out, always on my bike...didn't have stabilisers from the age of 4, nothing, so it was really strange to come in and be really complaining about this ankle. Went to bed, and that's the last I remember. It turned out I had meningitis and septicemia, and they put me in an induced coma for 8 weeks, and the next thing I knew was that I woke up without them.
I got prosthetic legs around about, 6 months after I woke up, so they try to get you into it, but it took be about a year and a half to learn walking and I was at the hospital daily, doing physiotherapy for that.
This bionic arm is incredible because it allows me to move it with only 2 muscles in my arm, and it's the country's only medically approved bionic arm. It works by detecting muscle movements in my arm.
I need the arm so I can perform a lot of tasks that I've been unable to do for 21 years, but ultimately my aim for me to get the arm was for my son, so that I could do a lot more with him, and it's also helped with my mental state.
Straight away the first thing I noticed, even beyond with my son, was my confidence was so much better. I would just walk about with it, or drive about with it in my chair and just be so much happier in myself.
While I've been learning to use the hand I've been using Joshua's toys. I find using things like his building blocks, his stacking cups really useful. I can't write at all normally, and it's not from a physical inability, it just causes a lot of pain. Whereas the very first thing I did when I got the hand that was of actual substance, was write Joshua's name, and I wrote his whole name on paper. I'm going to be able to do so much more with him growing up. I'm going to be able to.....we can go and play crazy golf. Could ever have done that before. Never. It's going to change everything.
I heard about Open Bionics a few years ago and I thought "I'd really like that one day", but I decided that it wasn't within reach. we then had Joshua and it became very evident there was a lot he was going to miss out on, and I was going to miss out on with him, and we started a GoFundMe page, and people were very, very, generous. We got almost halfway there, and Open bionics contacted us and they were.....they gave us the incredible news that Max & Morters want to sponsor you, and as a result we got the hand and they've been absolutely incredible every step of the way.
Foresight approached me because they'd seen that I'd been given the hand, and I was very keen to work with them because I wanted to get the story across of how this is going to help other people going forward.
I think long term my ambition is help Open Bionics, not only develop this further, but also help them if I can make this more available to everybody else, because it's helping me now, but I know so many more people that it will help.
So much money is spent on things that don't matter, whereas this matters. People's lives matter.