Teen all set for blade fitting

A STRABANE teenager will have his dream come true this week, when he travels to Sheffield to have a state-of-the-art prosthetic limb fitted.

Tristin Stewart (15) last year underwent rotationplasty surgery – this involved having his right leg amputated and then his foot reattached at the knee – after he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Synovial Sarcoma.

However following the operation, Tristin vowed that he would one day run again and to that end, he and his family embarked on ‘Tristin’s Dream’, a fund-raising strategy to enable the teen to purchase a prosthetic leg.

After months of fund-raising, the target of £30,000 was finally achieved and Tristin is now set to be fitted with the life-changing technology.

“He’s travelling to Blatchford clinic on December 3 and probably staying for between seven and ten days,” Tristin’s mum, Mandy explained.

“Tristin is really looking forward to it. Basically when he comes back, it’s going to be with the new leg. It’s a new type of blade that he’s getting but it’s one that he can put into a shoe as well.

“It’s a different type of blade from what we expected. We thought Tristin would need a blade that comes with a corset and straps. This new blade doesn’t have a corset or straps, so he’s excited about that and I’m curious as well to see how it’s going to work.”

When Tristin’s Dream first started, the family had planned to go to America to have the blade fitted. However, with distance and the number of consultations required, the cost was deemed to be too high.

Blatchford is a world-leading rehabilitation provider with clinical expertise in prosthetics, orthotics, special seating and wheelchairs.

Mandy, who previously paid tribute to the people of Strabane and the surrounding area for their generosity, said everything is at last coming together. She continued, “The new blade is going to make a huge difference for him. Obviously though, he’s not going to have it mastered straight away. It’ll take time, but he’ll get there. He’s very determined.”

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