Constable Elliot a sure thing to master new prosthetic
SENIOR Constable Elliott should quickly master a prosthetic leg, according to fellow leg amputee and president of the Amputee Support Association Sunshine Coast, Cliff Hargreaves.
"The biggest trauma is mentally knowing you've lost it," Mr Hargreaves said.
"He's been walking on two legs for over 40 years now and suddenly one is gone."
Mr Hargreaves lost his leg at a similar age more than 50 years ago, and has been speaking with Snr Const Elliott to offer support.
"He has to get in touch with other amputees, as when you talk to those who've also been through it, you have a common bond," he said.
"You can't sit around thinking 'poor me' all day. Life goes on."
Mr Hargreaves said Snr Const Elliott needed a bit more time for the stump wound to settle, then a cast would be taken and a prosthetic limb made from that.
"He's fit and healthy. He'll be taught how to walk again and drive again," he said.
"It won't take him long to master it."