A Proud Father - Bow Hunting's Role in My Son's Road to Recovery!
You may recall that in 2010 I posted a thread on my Son's first bow hunt, where he bagged himself 2 animals from a pit blind within 10 minutes. The photo posted at the time is shown here.
Since then he has been thoroughly hooked on Bow Hunting.
On the 7th December 2011 he was involved in a tragic accident where his right leg was amputated above the knee at the scene by a truck. Through the assistance at the scene by an exceptional Doctor, and community members, his life was saved and he has made an incredible recovery. Through a brilliant positive attitude and outlook on life; and the support of friends, family and the community, he has taught us all how to handle adversity and that life can be even better after such an incident. He has never said why me?
One of the aspects that has played a role in his recovery is his bow and bow hunting, which he is still very passionate about. In less than 3 months from the day of the accident he is back at school and practicing with his bow, he is shooting just as well as he did before the accident, and has set himself the goal of bagging a Zebra this year. He is on his training leg (prosthesis) at the moment and should be getting the Rolls Royce version fairly shortly, with what he calls his 4x4 knee.
The reason I post this thread is to highlight that Bow Hunting is something which we can all do irrespective of our situation which my Son, Ian (now 17), has proven. It requires dedication and commitment, which is carried through to the other parts of our daily lives.
As per my original post, this is one proud Farther and grateful that we still have a very avid Bow Hunter in our midst!