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Sky's the limit for Rodger thanks to amazing work from UHCW surgeons

Seven months on from his paramotor crashing into the ground at speed, Rodger Towers is already itching to get back in the sky.

Rodger’s story featured in episode two of A&E: Crash Scene Emergency, the 10-part Channel 5 series filmed at University Hospital.

He fractured his pelvic bone and shattered his thigh bone but, thanks to the expertise of medical teams at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust, is on the mend.

“Recovery is going really well,” he said. “I have done 12 weeks of hydrotherapy and I’m going into the gym as often as I can and building up my strength.

“I have just been back to University Hospital for a review and they said in hopefully another four months I could be looking at discharge.

“They were worried about whether I needed another operation but they are hopeful that won’t be the case.”

Rodger has sights set on a coast-to-coast trip from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood's Bay in the North York Moors National Park – and a flight over the pyramids in Egypt next year.

“Life’s too short!” he added. “I’m sure there will be some nerves when I eventually get ready to take off again.”

Rodger, a paramedic with the East Midlands Ambulance Service, returned to work for the first time on the day the programme was aired.

Although he cannot currently return to frontline duties, Rodger is training to work in the control room offering advice to patients.

He is grateful for the care he received at UHCW and the Air Ambulance medics who came to his aid last summer.

“I’m back in Coventry in a few months time so I hope to be able to use that opportunity to say thank you,” he added.

“I found the surgery part of the programme very interesting as that was the missing link of what I went through.

“The bit with the physios was harder to watch because it brought back the amount of pain I was in.”

Rodger’s accident came just two weeks before he and partner Rachel were due to holiday in Tenerife.

They have rescheduled for this summer and are hoping this airborne adventure will prove a happier one.

A&E: Crash Scene Emergency airs on Channel 5 at 9pm each Monday. Catch up on previous episodes at My5.

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