Rally driver amputee hopes to race again
Wed, 20 Jun 2012 10:34a.m.
The rally driver who had his leg amputated below the knee after a high-speed crash in Waikato says it's just a "six-month inconvenience" and he's determined to get back behind the wheel.
Stuart Scoular, 41, will spend another six weeks in hospital, after the crash 10 days ago during the Targa Rotorua rally.
The Sydney-based New Zealander, and his brother and co-driver Bret, 34, crashed their Subaru rally car into a concrete culvert near Putaruru.
While Bret escaped with minor injuries, his older brother suffered a broken back, broken pelvis, broken left leg and ankle, and broken right thigh.
Stuart was flown to Waikato Hospital and his lower right leg was amputated that evening and he's undergone a number of operations since.
But he's confident he'll be back running and working out once he's recovered from his injuries and has a prosthetic leg.
He's also set himself the challenge of taking part in the Targa rally again.
"Nothing is going to change," Mr Scoular told the New Zealand Herald.
"I've got an inconvenience for six months... probably six months of finding my feet and working out what I can and can't do - no pun intended."
Mr Scoular said that while he's still recovering, he would have to be patient.
"I can't roll over, I can't get out of bed, I can't sit up. There's all these things I can't do," he said.
"The thought of spending six weeks lying on my back is not an attractive one but there's nothing I can do about it."
Mr Scoular hopes to return home to Sydney to continue his rehabilitation. Mr Scoular is a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia and he and his wife have four-year-old twins.
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20/06/2012 7:22:36 p.m.
good on you
it will take time
one step at a time
you need time to get another car sorted
20/06/2012 7:18:37 p.m.
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