A promising British Muay Thai boxer has been left seriously injured in Thailand following a botched surgical operation which left him with one leg 3cm shorter than the other.
Connor McBride, a former British Junior Champion, needed corrective surgery after a catastrophic car accident in Koi Samui, Thailand, last year – leaving him with a badly fractured femur.
Despite undergoing a complex surgical operation that included the insertion of a rod and pins, setbacks have plagued his year-long recuperation leaving him in intense pain and without a time frame to get back into his beloved sport.
The McBride family has since launched a fundraising campaign to pay for corrective surgery to aid Connor’s dream of returning to the ring.
Connor’s sister Hayley Emery, who organised the fundraiser, believes the botch operation has scuppered any hopes of Connor resuming his Muay Thai career unless he can undergo further surgery to remove the existing rod.
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Hayley told Express.co.uk: “When Connor first called me to let me know he had been in the accident, he FaceTimed me. I just remember seeing him in a blue bed and before he even said anything I knew something was massively wrong.
“He told me about his leg and we were just completely gutted for him, it was as if his Muay Thai dreams had literally been shattered.
“We however are very thankful that there were no further injuries and that frankly he was still alive, as it could have been worse.”
Initially, Connor’s loved ones assumed that his boxing journey might come to an end. However, Hayley said that her brother’s sheer determination to reclaim his place in the sport has left the family astounded
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Hayley added: “Initially, we had thought that his boxing career would be finished but he has literally amazed us all with his determination to get back into the sport.
“The last year he has sort through the pain, healing and rehabilitation and has tried to train and increase fitness levels but with the first operation not going as planned, he’s having to go through more medical issues, hindering his mobility and abilities to train again.
“Connor’s spirit – it’s like he can’t see any other option but to be successful in this and, to be honest, I wholeheartedly believe he will get there. We have a saying…’minor set back for a major comeback’, which always puts a smile on all our faces.”
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‘Connor’s life has been turned upside down’
Dealing with the aftermath of the botched surgery has left Connor feeling exhausted and frustrated.
Thanks to a flow of generous donations, Connor’s GoFundMe page currently stands over halfway towards the fundraiser’s overall target.
Hayley hopes to raise £15,000 to help cover the cost of medical procedures, hospital stays, post-surgical care, and rehabilitation.
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