Hanson Simon was a Corporal in the Royal Marine Commandos, and has been unable to return to active duty post-accident due to the numerous injuries sustained, comprising of a fractured pelvis, dislocated right hip, dislocated right knee, amputated little finger and injury to the right sciatic nerve. He is currently undergoing rehabilitation at the Naval Service Recovery Centre (formerly Hasler Company) and at Headley Court.
The US Army has developed a high intensity rehabilitation programme involving an energy storing ankle/foot orthosis called the IDEO(Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis). This has been proven to return severely injured patients back to a high level of activity. The device offers huge energy storage and rehabilitation capabilities. It is currently only available to those in the military (in the UK too) and is still being tried and tested. Hanson is one of just 20 people in the UK to be enrolled on the scheme.
In terms of improvements since sustaining his injury, Hanson says:
The main improvements I have noticed are with my knee; gait, posture and core strength; there is little improvement in relation to general mobility and the ability to run. The IDEO is also quite big and there are two quite prominent rods which stand out at the back and are visible, which I don’t particularly like. It grips below my knee and because I have knee problems, it can be painful. I still rely on my old leg brace from time to time but the IDEO is significantly better than my old brace for gait, posture and core strength.
Hanson has also continued to travel the globe since his accident, despite his injuries:
I have done presentations for the families of the guys already in the military which involved me going to Grenada, St Lucia and St Vincent. I was giving information to the family members, in relation to passport information, passport details, info re next of kin and how to get in touch with family members when they are deployed. I took it on myself to do it. I got involved through a lady from Barbados who works for the British Embassy. She helped my family, and in return, I went over and said thanks and made these presentations for her. I got permission from my boss and I did it voluntary. It was good. I enjoyed it.
Hanson also comments on his experience dealing with Fletchers Solicitors:
Louise Riley, my representative within Fletchers Solicitors has been outstanding at every turn in support of my injury claim. At the initial stages, Fletchers have been highly professional and efficient in dealing with my case and this has lasted throughout. Their attention to detail has been of a high standard where I can rest easy knowing that my case is dealt with effectively.