Halifax man whose leg was amputated takes major step to recovery

William Binns walks for the first time after his leg was amputated when medics discovered a rare cancerous tumour
William Binns walks for the first time after his leg was amputated when medics discovered a rare cancerous tumour

A Halifax man whose leg was amputated after medics found a rare and deadly cancerous tumour has taken his first steps since the living nightmare began.

20-year-old William Binns, of Southowram, was working as a plumber with his step father when he fell from a ladder which later led to the discovery of a seven inch deadly Ewing’s sarcoma tumour. Later, William, then 19, had to have his lower left leg amputated to remove the tumour.

William has recently undergone chemotheraphy at Leeds General Infirmary after tumour nodules were found to have travelled to his lungs.

“It didn’t bother me having my leg amputated - by that point I just wanted rid of it to free me of the pain and the tumour. Since the operation I’ve had excrutiating phantom pain but I’m staying positive by looking forward to when I can get a prosthetic and get some independence back.”

Two weeks after his amputation operation, a determined Will was undergoing physiotheraphy and last week, he took his first steps with the aid of a weight bearing cage, pictured.

“To be able to make some first steps was unbelievable as well as strange.

“It was great to begin the journey of walking again but it’s going to be a long journey before I can walk independenlty again,” said William who yesterday was back in hospital. To get him back on a healthy road, William has eight more sessions of chemotheraphy to undergo.