Callum Deboys – A Truly Inspirational Story
We get a fair few letters at FUEL10K from customers telling us about their personal journeys. They are always inspiring, interesting and serve as a reminder to us to support the people who buy our products in whatever their endeavours might be. Once in a while though, we get a story that’s so remarkable we feel it deserves a wider audience. Step forward 22 year old Callum Deboys.
“As you can imagine, these first few days were very difficult for me and I found myself feeling very low, wondering what my life was going to be like now! After taking some time to consider my position, I realised that this accident had the possibility to be a blessing, but only if I approached it with the right mind set and accepted the guidance I was being offered.”
Last June, Callum was involved in a horrific road accident that saw him airlifted to hospital. His scan revealed he’d broken both legs, ruptured his diaphragm and received a host of other injuries. He was rushed into theatre where they discovered the bone in his left leg had severed an artery which resulted in an above knee amputation 5 days later. Callum had no knowledge of the amputation until he woke up from his coma three weeks later.
In Callum’s own words, “As you can imagine, these first few days were very difficult for me and I found myself feeling very low, wondering what my life was going to be like now! After taking some time to consider my position, I realised that this accident had the possibility to be a blessing, but only if I approached it with the right mind set and accepted the guidance I was being offered.” It was then that Callum realised he wanted to pursue a career in sport.
He spent 10 months the West of Scotland Mobility and Rehabilitation centre (WestMARC) receiving physiotherapy and learning to walk again. Wanting to repay all the doctors and nurses who had saved his life Callum then raised money to buy fans to keep patients cool in the ICU. But his fundraising ambitions didn’t stop there. Not long after, he completed a 10 mile ‘Tough Mudder’ course raising over £1000 for limb loss charity ‘Finding Your Feet’.
Callum knew his next challenge had to be sports orientated and started rowing at the Castle Temple Rowing Club on Lochwinnoch. During this time he was given the opportunity to join the Armed Forces Para Snow Team for a week’s taster in Germany. Here, he discovered Cross Country Sit Skiing; a form of skiing where skiers rely on their own locomotion to move along snow covered terrain. As Callum himself says “I instantly fell in love with the sport and would love to pursue this further, to see what I myself can achieve within the sport. It is now my intention to work towards becoming a Paralympic athlete!”
Callum! You are an inspiration to us all and from everyone at FUEL10K, we wish you the very best in your preparation for Tokyo 2020.