Teenage racing driver Billy Monger has fulfilled a remarkable promise to return to the hospital where he was treated - and walk back onto the ward he left in a wheelchair, just months ago.
The 18-year-old was seriously injured in a racing accident and was airlifted to the East Midlands Trauma Centre at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham earlier this year.
Despite the best efforts of specialist teams, Billy had to have both of his lower legs amputated as a result of the high speed crash.
When the teenager left the ward in May, he vowed that when he would return, he would do so, without the aid of his wheelchair. And the youngster has done just that.
That was the goal when I came back – to be able to walk up along the ward and say hello to everyone on my own two feet which I managed to do which is good! It was awesome to come back on the ward and see the team. It’s been six months which is a long time but when you come back on the ward it kind of feels like it was yesterday that I was in here wheeling around in the wheelchair causing havoc. It’s good to see everyone.
Tony Westbrook, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, and Billy’s named consultant during his care, said that his visit would lift staff and other patients on the trauma unit.
It’s absolutely fantastic to see Billy back on the ward - he’s an amazing young man and he’s done incredibly well. To see him walking on his new prosthetic legs with a smile on his face is brilliant.
Billy returned to Nottingham as a guest of honour at the NUHonours Awards, the Trust’s annual staff awards event.