Adventure awaits for Amazing Grace thanks to C-Leg 4

Whether it’s climbing up the side of the O2 Arena in Greenwich or scaling the heights of a treetop assault course, nothing is too big a challenge for former rugby player Grace Matthews.

Which is remarkable, given her whole world was turned upside down after a devastating injury during a Rugby match in 2016.

Playing in the front row for Bletchley Ladies, Grace, 26, of Milton Keynes, dislocated her knee during a game against Olney, an injury that eventually led to her losing her leg above the knee.

She adapted to her new life quickly, getting used to walking again using a prosthetic leg. However, it wasn’t until she received her Ottobock C-Leg 4, a microprocessor knee (MPK) designed to help above-knee amputees walk with a much more stable and efficient gait, that a whole new outlook on life was sparked.

She said: “When I first tried the C-Leg 4 I was astounded, I couldn’t believe there was a product out there like it. Before, with my old prosthesis, I didn’t know any different and figured ‘this was it, this is as good as it gets’. But the C-Leg 4 has transformed my life.”

Dubbed Amazing Grace by her friends, thanks to her indomitable spirit and determination — and as a nod to the fact her injury happened in the town where the world-famous hymn was written — Grace is now busy testing the limits of what the C-Leg 4 can do.

“I’ve been doing all kinds of things that I would never have even considered before my amputation,” said Grace. “Something like this changes your outlook on life, and I just appreciate it a whole lot more.”

Most recently, Grace, who works as a customer experience co-ordinator for the National House-Building Council (NHBC), took on the challenge of a Go Ape treetop challenge, using her C-Leg 4 across zip-wires, netting and rope bridges.

She said: “It was absolutely brilliant, I crossed a rope bridge and my C-Leg took my entire weight on this thin piece of rope. It was incredible!”

Grace also enjoys hiking, climbing and abseiling, plays badminton and regularly hits the gym — and she’s also hoping for a return to rugby one day, once she feels she’s completely mastered her new prosthesis.

She said: “I know it’s got me at all times, like having a safety net. But it continues to surprise me with its performance. I can’t wait to get started planning more adventures!”

Grace got her C-Leg through the NHS England’s MPK policy, which has been in place since 2016 and is open to through-knee, above-knee and hip disarticulation amputees who meet the qualifying criteria.

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Kenevo

Lower mobility patients can access the NHS funding when it is demonstrated that the use of an MPK can improve mobility.

The Kenevo adapts with your skills whether it is using a prosthesis for the first time, during rehabilitation or practicing sitting down. This knee joint focuses on safety specifically for less active individuals.

With the choice of three modes you can start the basic functions and progress to a more dynamic mode as your independence evolves.

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C-Leg 4

Funding of the C-Leg means that amputees have access to one of the most popular MPK on the market.

Now in its fourth incarnation, the C-Leg 4 is the only microprocessor knee in its class that offers stance release, intuitive stance, real time swing and stance phase control, safe reciprocal walking backwards and stumble recovery.

Amputees can enjoy everyday activities without needing to worry about walking down a slope, quickly changing direction or getting splashed by water.

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