‘I’m in constant pain,’ says a teen who lost an arm in a terrifying train accident.
AFTER LOSSING AN ARM IN A TERRIBLE TRAIN ACCIDENT, A TEENAGER SPEAKS OUT ABOUT HIS MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS.
Tyler Finnigan, who was 15 at the time, had his arm amputated after his hand was severed by a moving train.
On April 2 of last year, he slipped and fell onto the tracks at Motherwell Station in North Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Tyler, now 16, was put into an induced coma at Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital while doctors stitched up his wound with 12 staples.
Medical personnel also fought to save his right ear by sewing it back on.
Since the incident, the adolescent has struggled with mental illness and has considered suicide, devastated by the loss of his independence and plagued by traumatic night terrors.
According to the Daily Record, his father, Kevin Finnigan, 45, is now trying to raise enough money to buy him a state-of-the-art prosthetic arm to improve his quality of life.
Tyler’s limb lacks enough bone to operate a prosthetic provided by the NHS.
“I struggle with life on a daily basis,” Tyler, from Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, explained.
I’m incapable of dressing myself or tying my own shoelaces.
“I require assistance in entering and exiting the shower.
I can’t even cut up a potato or butter bread.
“Going outside is the worst because I’m so paranoid that everyone is staring at me.”
“Whenever I hear a train, I get panic attacks, and I have night terrors about the accident.”
The youngster had planned to begin a mechanics course the week following his accident, but his future plans were thwarted by his injuries.
“I’ve considered suicide,” he continued, “but all I want is my independence – more independence than I currently have.”
“I feel as if all of my friends have abandoned me, and I’m always in pain.”
“It would mean the world to me if I could get a prosthetic arm that would help me do that.”
Kevin, a security guard, is desperate to help his son reclaim his independence and is raising funds for an artificial limb that records electrical signals.
Advanced electronics can cost up to £100,000.
The technology is currently available privately through Otto Bock, a UK-based prosthetics company, but the cost is determined per patient.
DynamicArm, the company’s artificial limb, is similar to others on the market in the United States.
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