Crippen and the surgeon who hops to it after losing his own legs

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Having worked so hard at challenging the ‘tragic but brave’ stereotype of disability, it still persists, although this time with a rather ironic twist.

A surgeon who carried out hundreds of amputations before losing both of his own legs has accepted an award for being one of the bravest people in Britain at the Amplifon Awards for Brave Britons 2020. Although he has redeemed himself by launching a one-man mission to improve after-care for fellow amputees in the South West of England.

Dr Neil Hopper, a vascular surgeon from Cornwall who lost both his legs after developing sepsis after a camping trip with his children last April, has returned to work at the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske in Truro with a mission.

Dr Hopper who has performed hundreds of amputations, spoke to Cornwall Live about his bid to improve post-hospital support and care for fellow amputee patients…

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