Student Edward Moore is hoping for a career in medical research after injuries he suffered in a motorbike accident inspired him to enter the world of medicine.
The 21-year-old New College Stamford student is grateful to be alive after he suffered serious leg injuries in the crash, which have resulted in a number of operations and skin grafts.
When the bike accident happened, Edward was a keen rugby player studying at college, with hopes of building a career in sport.
However, four years down the line and Edward is back at college – but now with ambitions to work in medical science.
“The motorbike accident was a terrible thing to happen, but it actually re-focussed my mind and made me seriously think about the medical profession as a career,” said Edward, from Billingborough, south of Sleaford.
“The care and treatment I received was incredible and it has actually inspired me to get involved and follow that route. I want to give something back and make a difference to someone’s life and I think I can do that by going to medical school to work in research.”
Edward is studying A-Levels in Biology, Physics and Geography, while working part-time in retail.
He hopes to gain a place at Newcastle or Liverpool university next year with the aim of eventually working as a virologist, researching viruses.
Edward was 17 when he was riding as a passenger on his friend’s motorbike when they lost control of the bike on a bend.
While his friend suffered no injuries, Edward was trapped underneath the bike and suffered severe leg injuries as the force of the accident forced him and the bike to skid across the surface of the road.
“My trousers were shredded and I had no skin left on my right leg, from my thigh to my calf,” said the 21-year-old.
“I also suffered major damage to my knee. Thankfully, I had a helmet on, but I wasn’t wearing protective clothing and I paid the price.
“I had actually suffered heat burns to my leg off the tarmac, so was treated in the burns unit at Nottingham University Hospital. It was pretty serious. While I’m fine now, I still have no feeling in the skin that has grown back and I still need to have check-ups at hospital.”
Edward has not been on a motorbike since the accident, but said he doesn’t have a problem with motorbikes and would never advise people not to ride them.
“I realise that I was lucky and it could have been so much worse,” added Edward.
“We were young and daft at the time, so didn’t even think about wearing the proper clothing. My advice to people now would be to wear leather trousers and jacket when riding, and to stick to the speed limit.
“This accident taught me that your life can change in a split second. Hopefully though, I’m going to make the changes in my life a good thing and give something back. That would make me very happy.”
Marilyn Rawson, the college’s Learning and Standards Manager, said: “Edward has been through a great deal, but is using his experiences of the medical profession to drive him towards a career in research, which is wonderful to see.
“He could have let the accident deter him from returning to his studies, but instead he has an even greater passion to succeed and a commitment and dedication to his studies that is really inspiring. He will realise his dreams, I’m sure.”
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