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Old 18th Jan 2017, 05:31
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Legless former Airline pilot selling burgers in Thailand

My BS meter is pegging on this one.

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Old 18th Jan 2017, 07:24
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Ha ha...yeah pain in his legs???
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Old 18th Jan 2017, 07:33
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It's not unknown for amputees to 'feel' pain in the limb(s) they have lost.

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Old 18th Jan 2017, 08:02
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Phantom pain is a real medical issue for amputees.

But a former Boxer and Pilot and London resident who
was out for a run then felt unwell, fell directly on a level crossing and had legs severed by a train?

Maybe somebody on PPRuNe knows him.
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Phantom pain is a real medical issue for amputees.


Pardon my ignorance.....
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Old 18th Jan 2017, 13:16
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Nothing in this 2004 article (below) that says he was a pilot? His name is actually Gareth Payne.

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Old 18th Jan 2017, 16:26
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Originally Posted by Koan View Post
Phantom pain is a real medical issue for amputees.

But a former Boxer and Pilot and London resident who
was out for a run then felt unwell, fell directly on a level crossing and had legs severed by a train?

Maybe somebody on PPRuNe knows him.
What are the odds? Poor guy, amazing resilience
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Old 18th Jan 2017, 16:29
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I can still wiggle my left toes, which is rather clever as I had my foot removed July 2015. Phantom pain is very real.
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Old 18th Jan 2017, 16:55
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Gareth was keen to continue in his father's trade as a fencing and shed building specialist
Perhaps not an airline pilot, then.

What are the odds?
Pretty slim, I would think, though I remember being at a talk given by a legless mountaineer. He said that he went on a camping trip and popped into a pub near the campsite. Having come from a strict Methodist home (no alcohol) naturally the beer affected him and going back to his tent he tripped and fell down on a railway crossing with the same result. He said he was the only bloke he knew who had got legless on two half pints.
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Old 18th Jan 2017, 22:19
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Who hasn't been legless in Thailand
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Old 19th Jan 2017, 18:24
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https://youtu.be/8XC3Hc-rAkk

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Old 19th Jan 2017, 20:47
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Just out of medical curiosity, would the loss of both legs automatically prevent an ATPL being issued??? The FAA via their SODA program (Statement of Demonstrated Ability) allow some pretty major disabilities these days if it does not unduly affect ones performance vis the flying of an aircraft.

Not forgetting Douglas 'tin-legs' Bader, of course.
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Old 19th Jan 2017, 23:47
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but apparently forgetting Colin Hodgkinson
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Old 20th Jan 2017, 06:12
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Would the loss of both legs automatically prevent an ATPL being issued?
I think you meant to say "Class I medical" instead of ATPL. The practical answer is yes, a Class I would be rescinded. But there have been double and even triple amputees (loss of both legs and one hand) who were able to obtain Class III medicals, depending on individual circumstances. Also there have been a few military double amputees who were able to remain in active duty.
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Good on him and a positive career move.

Not forgetting Douglas 'tin-legs' Bader, of course.
In who's case it was a positive bonus, losing his legs actually worked in his favour as it allowed him to withstand higher G forces before blacking out, rather like a G suit compressing your legs to prevent blood draining from the brain and pooling in the legs. Bader having no legs actually encountered the same effect, thus was able to out turn and remain awake longer than his counterparts.
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Old 21st Jan 2017, 12:17
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Good on him and a positive career move.



In who's case it was a positive bonus, losing his legs actually worked in his favour as it allowed him to withstand higher G forces before blacking out, rather like a G suit compressing your legs to prevent blood draining from the brain and pooling in the legs. Bader having no legs actually encountered the same effect, thus was able to out turn and remain awake longer than his counterparts.
Gosh, never thought of that, might give the RAF recruiters some food for thought!
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Old 23rd Jan 2017, 09:26
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I was in Thailand when the report surfaced there. He has now closed his burger stand and gone back to his families village.

The social media has savaged him severely, with everything from seeking sympathy to boost sales to claims of working illegally in Thailand.

People cant just look at the guy, making a go of earning a living despite doing it tough, instead the try to drag him down and destroy his will to live.
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