‘Life goes on’: Fireman loses lower leg, stays positive

2013-02-19 00:00

AFTER losing one of his legs last year, fire-fighter Kiran Singh did not give up on life.

The 26-year-old from Northdale was involved in a hit-and-run accident in October when a car ran into the back of his motorcycle and he was thrown from the bike and left for dead on the highway in Pinetown. His femur and hip were fractured and he lost his lower left leg.

Singh, who is also a body builder, told The Witness that remaining positive had kept him going, adding: “Life will go on if you want it to.

“A positive and strong mind will make you go forward.”

He said his faith in God had also given him strength.

Singh, who was assisted by “good Samaritans” and rushed to the hospital, doesn’t remember much about the accident.

He said he only remembered waking up in hospital and being told he had been in an accident.

“I was told that I had lost my leg,” Singh said.

He said he couldn’t believe it that he had lost his leg and couldn’t feel anything at the time.

“I thought it was a dream and that I would wake up and brush it off. It is still hitting me now.”

He spent six weeks in hospital, and although his life was changed, he said he believed that he would get better and that he would get back to normal life.

Things have already started looking up for Singh, who reported back for work yesterday. “It’s helping me to get back to reality.”

He said his father and cousin, who are both fire -ighters, inspired him to get into the job.

“I also wanted to give back to the community, to do something selfless and save lives,” he said.

Although he is excited to be back, he said he had had a few struggles as he couldn’t do much with one leg.

“I can’t do things like cleaning fire trucks and equipment.”

For him to function fully, Singh needs a prosthesis, which is costly.

“I also want to compete in body-building competitions as I did before my incident.

“With the correct prosthetic I can achieve this.”

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