It was a freak accident which had catastrophic consequences. Barry West was just nineteen when he was involved in a road accident which left him quadriplegic.
But Bazza, as he likes to be known, was determined still to live life to the full. Since then he's conquered mountains, performed parachute jumps and scuba dives.
But he's also discovered a passion for painting, using only his mouth to move the brush, as Malcolm Shaw reports.
For more information on the Mouth & Foot Painting Artists, go to www.mfpa.uk.