Great test for traffic accident survivor on Great Wall
WHEN Collingwood Park man Peter Longland sets foot on the Great Wall of China later this year, it will mark a milestone in his recovery from a horrific motorbike accident.
Six years ago Mr Longland sustained extensive injuries when his leg was shattered in an accident on Ipswich Motorway.
The accident left Mr Longland with a double compound, communitive fracture of the distal end of the tibia and fibular, a lacerated liver, punctured right lung, anaemia, a severely bruised right kidney and amnesia.
It was the beginning of a gruelling three-year period of recovery.
"I shouldn't be able to move my foot. The doctors nearly amputated it. But I did all the physio exercises like you wouldn't believe," he said.
"Anything the physio gave me I really worked hard on."
A crucial part of his recovery was hydrotherapy and swimming, improving his blood circulation and helping his injured foot heal.
His condition has improved so much he will walk 60km of the Great Wall of China over five days in October for Vision Australia.
The Great Wall of China is more than 8000km long with the first walls constructed in the seventh century.
It will be the second time he lays eyes on the iconic Chinese location, after visiting it as a tourist a few years ago.
The visit this time around will have more significance for Mr Longland.
"I'm really looking forward to it and I'm also a bit scared because it's not all restored.
"I'm planning how to get around. A lot of it will be crab walking. It's still easier and there will be some climbing."
Completing the physical challenge after overcoming such adversity will be a satisfying accomplishment for Mr Longland.
"I had people that walked out on me because they thought I would be nothing more than an invalid.
"It was tough I suppose. In a way I'm definitely saying to those people you got it wrong.
"The best revenge you can have is success."
Mr Longland has raised $1100 of his $3000 goal so far.
He is raffling off a Pentax Optio Compact Digital Camera.
To buy tickets call Mr Longland on 0422 367 757.
To donate money towards his campaign, search Peter Longland at everydayhero.com.au.