Chloe Dallimore’s life came crashing down after a freak accident left her right arm completely immobile. But despite what the doctors told her, she was able to cure her chronic pain through Pilates and dance.
“You will never dance again, your arm will be frozen at a 45 degree angle, and you definitely won’t be able to complete your physiotherapy degree as you will be unable to treat and manoeuvre clients. There is nothing more we can do for you.”
This was the prognosis from the Head Physiotherapist, following five weeks of daily exercises in the hospital gym.
Eight weeks earlier, at the age of 17, whilst working a ‘gap year’ in the UK before commencing university, I had shattered the humerus (upper arm bone) in my right arm, into five pieces.
Emergency surgery to insert two pins down either side of the bone saved my arm. The greatest concern prior to surgery was that the shattered bones might sever vital nerves, rendering the whole arm useless, and possibly leading to amputation.
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Once the pins were inserted, the danger was still not over. The pins would have to be removed in 12 – 24 months, and the danger of nerve damage was again a grave concern.
As I stood in the street outside the hospital following my physiotherapist’s prognosis, my first thought was, “this is not right”.
I had danced since I was three. I was active and fit. I was young. There must be something else I can do.