Cassie, an amputee from South East London Cycles 170 miles to support Amputees in West Africa
Cycling 170 miles over three days is a challenge which most people would avoid. Not only does she have a name that might be found in the pages of marvel comics but, Cassie Cava, 23, has stepped up to the challenge with her prosthetic leg to cycle from London to Paris despite being born with a condition commonly referred to as ‘club foot’ and having a series of operations as a child.
After leaving school Cassie broke her foot requiring reconstructive surgery. Undergoing several operations Cassie was left in constant pain and struggling with mobility. She had severe joint damage with little hope of recovery. For most the prospect of an amputation would be a daunting one but Cassie, who had struggled for six years in pain took the pragmatic view:
“I’d been through far too much to accept such a poor outcome, so for me, the decision to amputate was a very straight forward one.”
Since the amputation Cassie no longer struggles with pain when swimming, running, skiing and, of course, cycling.
“Already, at six months post amputation, my quality of life is better than I could have ever imagined and I can do things I only dreamed of doing this time last year.”
After her operation to have her foot amputated Cassie volunteered to be a patient model for handicap international where she learned of the lack of prosthetics in disaster zones and the sad fact that many of the patients would not receive the equipment and aftercare they so desperately needed. Cassie began researching the problem and she discovered Legs4Africa and was ‘blown away’ by the work that they do.
“As a long term patient, and a medical student, I am aware of the medical waste protocols and think it’s incredibly frustrating that these spare prosthetic limbs can’t be reused here in the UK.”
Which is why she is cycling over one hundred and fifty miles to raise money for Legs4Africa to ensure that used limbs from the UK do not go to waste.