A radiography assistant who lost her leg in a horrific climbing accident in Wester Ross is set to take on a gruelling trek across the Alps to raise funds for a CT scanner.
Emily Woodroofe, who works in the scanning department at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, has vowed to conquer three countries in three days, despite losing part of her right leg after it was badly crushed when a boulder fell on it in 2016.
Ms Woodroofe, 26, was minutes from death after the huge boulder landed on her while she was bouldering with friends near Torridon when a huge rock dislodged and fell on her leg, leaving it severely damaged and her in life-threatening danger.
After life-saving treatment by GPs who raced to the scene and Torridon and Kinlochewe Mountain Rescue Team, the Coastguard flew Ms Woodroofe to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, before she was transferred by air ambulance to St Mary’s Hospital in London.
After many agonising days and numerous operations, and following discussions with surgeons, Ms Woodroofe decided that her only option was to have her leg amputated below the knee.
Ms Woodroofe said: “It’s perhaps one of the hardest decisions you can possibly imagine to decide to have a leg amputated but our patients go through much tougher choices and much more pain and agony.
“They deserve the new 4D CT scanner and perhaps one day, with it, we’ll see the end to this awful disease.
“I feel honoured to be able to take part in fundraising for the benefit of all our brave patients. I’m really looking forward to it.”
The trek will see 40 participants trek through Switzerland, Italy and France in just three days to raise money for a new 4D CT scanner.
To sponsor Ms Woodroofe visit her Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/emily-woodroofe-trek-the-alps