Photograph of George, one of our Driver Training, Assessment and Rehab success stories

George

Learning car hand controls                               

My name is George and I have diabetes which meant there was no blood flow to my feet. I have had both legs amputated below the knee, one leg was amputated about two years ago and the other leg was amputated about three months ago. I have prosthetic legs and I am managing quite well with them.

After the first amputation which was of my right leg, I could still use the pedals without any trouble, as I still had the use of my right leg however following the amputation of my right leg, I now have to learn a new driving technique using hand controls. To date I have had eight lessons and the instructor is happy with my progress. I have one more lesson next week and the following week I will sit for my driving test at Chatswood Roads and Maritime Services. My vehicle will be converted to hand controls.

Driving is important to me for the independence and freedom it gives me. I have been driving since I was 16 years old—that is since 1974 and I got my licence when I was 16 years and 10 months of age. I have also driven trucks for a living and driving is in my blood. I was even tempted to drive with my one wonky leg but it would not have been allowed.

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