Amputated Firefighter Looking to Get Back to Work

Amputated Firefighter Looking to Get Back to Work

Pinned to his hospital bed after a big accident on the job which cost him his leg, the firefighter, Jean-François Daigle regained hope by watching the double-amputee Oscar Pistorius run in the London Olympic Games. He knew that everything was possible, even returning to firefighting.

April 23rd, 2012 marks the dramatic change in the life of Mr. Daigle. That day, 100km/h winds were blowing on Quebec City. Firefighters were very busy and the captain of the 17th Fire Station reached Raymond-Blouin Avenue where a small fire was starting.

A wire was caught in the branches and touched him. He never saw it coming. Mr. Daigle received a 14000 volt shock. He is still alive thanks to his coworkers from the Saint-Sauveur Fire Station. They dragged him away from the wire which was still hanging after touching its victim four times.

Mr. Daigle gained consciousness at the Grands-Brûlés de l’Enfant-Jésus. He had 3rd degree burns on 20% of his body mainly on his head, back, and left leg. He stayed in bed for 74 days where he received many skin transfers. Unfortunately, the tissues on his leg could not regenerate and he was amputated.

He left the hospital in August towards the rehabilitation centre and he hoped to one day return to the firefighting. Now he fully appreciates the life he has even the smallest moments. It is a new life style but he managed to adapt well.

…………………………………………………………. Staff Writer (trans. La Presse)

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