Driving lesson

Nuneaton Teen Has Both Legs Amputated Weeks Before First Driving Lesson

Tragedy resulted in a teenage Nuneaton having both legs amputated – just weeks before she began her first driving lesson.

Last summer, Caitlyn Astley of Stockingford, like so many others her age, was anxious to get out of confinement.

She was only weeks away from having her first driving lesson when tragedy struck.

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The 17-year-old was diagnosed with severe kidney disease known as minimal change nephrotic syndrome (mcns).

If that wasn’t devastating enough, through it she contracted sepsis and within weeks she and her family were faced with the most difficult decision of their lives – that both of her legs had to be amputated.

“I had a huge blood clot in my aorta,” said the 18-year-old.

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“Then part of the blood clot broke off in my femoral arteries and went to my feet, calves and thighs.

“I had to have three life-threatening operations and the vascular surgeon said ‘I’m going to save your life and then your legs.’

“However, two operations later, my legs were too damaged to be saved as there was no viable muscle, so they had to be removed.”

The courageous teenager explained, “Months later, we found out from the hematologist that he had never found such a large blood clot in someone so young and someone who is not in pain. high cholesterol, in the future I can’t tell you 100% you can’t have children, but there is a risk that if you are carrying a baby you might have another blood clot. blood, but it will be fatal where you might not survive. “

Fundraising for “Caitlyn’s Cause”

Now, as she comes to terms with her new life, her friends and family have stepped up to make sure she receives the best physiotherapy and rehabilitation possible.

But it comes at a huge cost, so plans are underway to register a charity in his name.

In the meantime, Ray Harris and Paul Grears, who are friends of Caitlyn’s father Rick, prepare to enter the boxing ring for the first time in their lives to raise money for her future.

Ray, who lives in Weddington, explained how he had known the teenager since she was a little girl and that he and his best friend Paul felt pressured to do something to help her.

“We knew Cailtlyn was not doing very well, but even the family was completely blinded to what had happened,” he said.

“It’s very close to us, we’ve known Caitlyn since she was pretty much a toddler, we’ve watched her grow up, the most heartbreaking part of it all is the fact that it happened to her to a time when her life was just It’s heartbreaking.

With his father Rick, they all played football for the Hearty Goodfellow pub and raised funds between themselves – but they wanted to take it further.

Get in the ring

They will compete in the Ultra White Collar Boxing Coventry at Sports Connexion on Saturday 4th December.

They will both participate in their very first fight to raise money for Caitlyn.

“None of us have boxed before,” said the father of two.

“Paul and I spend every waking minute breathing, boxing, trying to get back in shape.”

They have a minibus and a bus to take their army of 70 supporters, they will leave the Hearty Goodfellow pub from 2 p.m.

They will be holding a raffle, as well as blackouts, and have asked local businesses and sports organizations to join them.

We want to involve the whole city, ”he said.

He has two daughters and Paul has a son and a daughter.

“My daughters are eleven and four and it made me see life very differently, as far as they are concerned,” said Ray.

“I don’t know how Rick is doing, I don’t know what I would do if my oldest had to go through this.”

The boxing event is a part of what they plan to do.

“This is just the start,” Ray said. “We need to raise a lot more money to give it a chance to get back on track.”

Anyone wishing to support Caityn’s cause can do so through the GoFundMe page here.

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