A newly-married father who nearly lost his leg when a garage collapsed on him has paid tribute to the surgeon who carried out the “miraculous” operation that saved the limb.
Former paratrooper Jake Weir (33), from Congreves Close, Lutton, was demolishing a brick garage in Boston when the structure collapsed on his leg.
Jake, who had been married for just 10 months at the time, feared for his life as he had to dig himself out of a huge pile of rubble only to find his severed left leg was only held together by skin.
But remarkably surgeons were able to save the leg and he is now back working as a builder.
The dramatic moment when the garage collapsed was captured on video, which is now available to watch on YouTube.
He said: “It was certainly a wake-up call which makes you put your life in perspective.
“I don’t watch the video any more.
“Psychologically I’ve had to deal with what happened to me and it’s taken some time.
“I did used to get flashbacks, but I’m thankful I can now see the funny side. I’m thankful I’m alive.”
Surgeons at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre said the injuries suffered were similar to those suffered in high speed motorbike accidents.
He said: “My leg was hanging off basically. I can remember the accident and I thought I was going to die, but when I saw the dust settle on the bricks and realised I was still alive my adrenalin kicked in and I started to drag myself out of the mess.”
He added: “I can’t get over what’s happened to me. I’ve gone from thinking I’m going to lose everything to making a full recovery. Without being too dramatic – I honestly think it’s miraculous.”
Mr Weir – who will be completing a skydive on the anniversary of his accident, said he wanted to thank his physiotherapy team, surgeon Professor Moran, his wife and friends for all their support during his recovery.