Yet another Australian Ilizarov story.
Robin Brewer

Like many of us frame wearers, Robin's original injury came from a motorcycle accident. Here's his story.

Dear Slim,
Please allow me to introduce myself, my name is Robin Brewer, and I live in Australia. I come from a town called Cobram which will mean nothing to you, but never the less. I am in the state of victoria about 350ks north of melbourne.
I have been a fairly regular visitor to your site for about the last 12 months or so. It really has been extremely helpfull as I am now the proud wearer of a Ilizarov frame on my right Tibia. It was actually fitted 4 weeks ago, and I have tried to get the time to write to you so that I can share my experience with you.
Here is a bit of background, when I was 18(some 20 years ago) I broke my right tib and fib on what else but a motor bike. They wrapped me up in plaster for a total of 9 months, I was off work for a total of 18 months mind you.
The result of this treatment was a right leg 25mm shorter than the left and a foot and ankle that was about 13 degress offset. Not so much of a problem for the first ten years or so but with the onset of the years a bit more of a problem. My right patella has been displaced on a number of ocassions and my lower back and hip were suffering.
The long shot of all of this is that in march of last year I was referred to an orthopedic surgeon by the name of Peter Hannon, who by the way is also a member of the ilizarov users group that the guy from Brisbane who wrote to you last year mentioned.
He was initialy reluctant to look at this form of treatment but after 4 consultations with him over a period of 9 months or so, here I am.

I found your site last year, because after my second consultation with Peter who then explained in more detail precisely what an Ilizarov frame was, I stared to do my on research, and suprise suprise go into a search engine put in Ilizarov, and your site pops up.
I took your advise on fitness and started doing some serious exercise some months before the operation, I also followed your diagram on how to get my trousers modified, so thank you very much.
How is your own leg going any more info after your Feb updates.
If you think that you or your readers are interested I would be happy to send a picture of my rather handsome looking leg, and answer any questions anybody may have who is contemplateing this type of surgery on an elective basis to fix what was described to me as a moderate to severe angular deformatey.
Meanwhile stay good, Iam happy to talk to you about things in Aus like sun,cricket, rugby etc, but that is up to you Slim (ha ha).
bye for now, Robin Brewer

And, of course, as I always like to include pictures of other people's frames, I e-mailed Robin and here's what I got.
Robin Brewer with frame and crutches in the Oz sunshine A closer view of Robin Brewer's frame

Along with the following e-mail

HELLO SLIM,
THANKS FOR THE PROMT REPLY TO MY LAST MAIL,
I HAVE ATTATCHED A COUPLE OF PHOTOS OF MY WONDERFULL LEG, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO POST THEM ALONG WITH MY ADDRESS ON YOUR SITE.
I WOULD LOVE TO TALK TO ANY BODY CONTEMPLATING A SIMILAR OPERATION ON AN ELECTIVE BASIS.
I GUESS THINGS ARE SLOWLY PROGRESSING, BUT AS YOU KNOW BETTER THAN ANY BODY IT ALL TAKES TIME.
YOU ARE ALSO RIGHT AUSSIE RULES FOOTBALL IS A BIT WEIRD. BUT IF THERE IS ANYTHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW PLEASE DONOT HESITATE TO ASK.
KIND REGARDS..
ROBIN BREWER
And Robin's e-mail address is Robin Brewer


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