Liverpoolファン、足手術で刺青がYou’ll never walkに!

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Liverpoolファン、足手術で刺青がYou’ll never walkに!

英紙Daily Mailに、こんな記事が載っておりました。

‘You’ll never walk…’:
Surgeons amputate football-mad Marine’s leg –
and cut off last word of his tattoo dedicated to Liverpool FC


「(君は)もう2度と歩けない」
サッカー大好きLiverpoolファン海軍兵の足切断手術で
外科医が刺青(イレズミ)の最後部分を切り落とす

反応的に笑ってしまった後、笑ってよかったのかどうか
イナズマの早さで反省しましたが、非常に
明るくポジティブで勇気付けられる話でしたので
ホッといたしました。

大雑把にまとめますと…
英国のサッカー・ファンの中でも、特に
団結力で、まとまっているリバプールLiverpool
その、歌にもなっているモットーは
You’ll never walk aloneは、
この歌の内容ですと
「( 希望が心にあれば ) 決して1人じゃない」
という意味合いの感動的なモットーでして、
熱烈なリバプールファンである
海軍兵 Andy Grant アンディ・グラントさんが
イレズミに、このモットーを選んだのも非常に納得です。

歌も、サッカークラブの応援歌としては
最高というくらい、少なくとも、
最も知名度の高いクラブ応援歌と思ったら
もともと、ミュージカルの中の一曲だったそう。


このチャンピオンズリーグ決勝、LiverpoolはAC Milanに
前半3-0で負けていたのに、後半で追いついてPK戦で勝ちました!
少年漫画や映画を現実化するチームかも…(爆)。

ちなみに、Chelseaチェルシーの応援歌は…これ…
( いや、確かに、青がチームカラーだけど… )
懐かしい顔ぶれ…

Chelsea Football Club – Blue Is The Colour

さて、
そんな熱烈ファンのグラントさんでしたが
アフガニスタン参戦で、足を負傷し不自由になりましたが、その2年後
同じ様な怪我を負った兵士が負傷した足を切断し義足にかえて活発に行動しているのを見て
自らも切断手術を受けることに決めたものの
手術が成功し麻酔から目を覚ますと
執刀医から
「ちょっとイレズミが、くずれちゃったんですが…」と告げられました。

なんと…切断部位と皮膚の縫合が、ちょうど、
イレズミの部分に当たってしまい、
Alone ( 1人では ) の部分が、無くなってしまったのです!

つまり、
You’ll never walk alone
( もう2度と1人で歩かせない )

You’ll never walk
( もう2度と歩けない )
というイレズミが
切断された足に…。

けれども、何事にも明るい面を見い出す精神で
グラントさんは、それを笑いとばし、
そのイレズミをインスピレーションとして奮起し
様々な身体障害者陸上競技に参加、
Invictus Gamesで金メダルを取り
優秀な記録をあげ続け、パラリンピック出場が期待されるだけでなく
体験にもとづいた啓発的な講演も行っています。

そんな感動的なインタビューなのですが、
今、日本語に訳している時間が無いので、
英語の記事部分をコピペいたします。
( 後で英訳するかもしれません )
リンク先には動画も載っていますので、ぜひ、どうぞ!

Andy Grant
( 写真左下は執刀医とグラントさん )

【記事リンクと文章部分コピペ】
‘You’ll never walk…’:
Surgeons amputate football-mad Marine’s leg –
and cut off last word of his tattoo dedicated to Liverpool FC

・Andy Grant was a Royal Marine on patrol in Sangin in Afghanistan in 2009
・He accidentally stepped on an IED, shattering his leg and severing artery
・Father-of-three decided to have his leg amputated because of injuries
・After operation his surgeon told him his Liverpool FC tattoo was changed
・Flap of skin had to be moved so motto now reads ‘You’ll never walk’
・Mr Grant saw funny side and became inspired to train for running
・He won medals at Invictus Games and has almost broken amputee record

By CLAIRE CARTER FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 13:20, 5 February 2015 | UPDATED: 19:43, 5 February 2015

For Royal Marine Andy Grant an operation to amputate part of his leg after he stepped on a bomb in Aghanistan had a surprising consequence.
The Liverpool fan from Plymouth in Devon woke up to be told by his doctor that while the operation to remove his leg below the knee had gone well, his tattoo in tribute to the football club had suffered.
Instead of reading ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, the father-of-three discovered it now had the word ‘Alone’ missing after a flap of his skin had to be moved.

Former Royal Marine Andy Grant had his leg amputated after he stood on an IED in Afghanistan and doctors had to move a flap of his skin to cover the bone, changing his Liverpool tattoo to read ‘You’ll Never Walk’
But rather than let the amputation hamper him, Mr Grant said he was inspired by the ‘You’ll Never Walk’ tattoo to become a medal-winning runner and plans to compete in the paralympic games. He also uses the anecdote in motivational speeches.

‘It is ironic that it says I will never walk as I have gone on to run 10k in 40 mins,’ said the 26-year-old.
‘At the moment I am just two minutes off a record for the 10k for a single leg amputee and I have that in my sights.

‘It is bizarre and I just laugh about it. But it adds to my story I guess.
‘The fact is that regardless of what the words says, the operation allowed me to walk and run and do so much else. You have got to see the funny side of it.’
As well as completing several runs Mr Grant won gold medals at the Invictus Games and has abseiled down the shard.

Mr Grant (right) recalls the conversation with his surgeon Commander Anthony Lambert (left) after the operation when he told the former Royal Marine that his tattoo had been changed following the amputation

The tattoo, originally reading ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ now reads ‘You’ll Never Walk’, which the father of three said he finds funny and has used to inspire him to try and complete record-breaking runs
Mr Grant had the operation four years ago and endured vigorous rehabilitation sessions for 18 months.

In 2009 he was serving with 45 Commando when he accidentally stepped on an IED. This severed his femoral artery and took out a ‘big chunk’ of his thigh.
He broke both the fibula and tibia in his right leg and lost 6cm of bone.
But two years after he decided to have his right leg amputated after watching comrades with similar injuries enjoying activities with their prosthetic legs.
He can still recall the conversation he had with surgeon Anthony Lambert when he woke up.

The blast severed Mr Grant’s femoral artery, took out a section of his thigh and broke bones in his lower leg
Mr Lambert told him: ‘Well, we had to raise a flap of skin on your leg to cover the bone ends… and it’s meant that your Liverpool Football Club tattoos are a bit messed up.
‘The Liver bird is a bit all over the place, and your tattoo now says “you’ll never walk.”‘

The date of his blast, February 3, and the date of his amputation, November 25, are both anniversaries that Andy marks.
He said: ‘I am very proud of my achievements and like to turn my story around to try and inspire other people about what they can achieve in the face of adversity.

‘I am all about looking forward. I cannot undo what happened and I have no regrets. I am all about making the best of a bad situation.’
Mr Lambert now works as an inspirational speaker, going to events around the world. He has also determined to keep up his fitness.
He added: ‘I have three children and an amazing family, I’m looking to row across the Atlantic, and I’m hoping to be picked for the Paralympics next year.

‘My life has moved on in an amazing way and it’s all down to what happened.
‘It’s given me more of a life than I probably would have had.’

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