After battling numerous infections and being stuck in a wheelchair, Les made one of the biggest decisions of his life, elective surgery. After a lengthy healing process, Les was fit with his first prosthesis at Baker O&P. With his wife by his side, Les was able to experience the Great Wall of China with all its beauty and history.
After a long day of hunting on November 2009, Les Patterson was cleaning up at home unloading his UTV, which was full of deer feed when some of his cows started ripping the bags open. In an attempt to get away from the animals, Les made a quick move with the UTV, however one of the cows tipped the vehicle over. The large utility vehicle was rolled by the movement, scissor cutting his right leg in two from the impact. Living in a remote area, Les laid helpless, yelling for aid for 45 minutes. While laying in agonizing wait Les lost 6 units of blood due to his injuries. Once life support arrived, Les was tranported to John Peter Smith a level I trauma center where he learned that his foot had been degloved from the accident.
Les DrillingRealizing that Les would need more surgical intervention, he was transferred to Harris hospital. Les experienced further complications prolonging his road to recovery. After battling numerous infections and being stuck in a wheelchair, Les made one of the biggest decisions of his life, elective surgery. After a lengthy healing process, Les was fit with his first prosthesis at Baker O&P. With his wife by his side, Les was able to experience the Great Wall of China with all its beauty and history. However, due to all of his previous surgical complications, Les began to develop sores and blisters. Under medical advisement, Les once again elected to go under the knife. Since the accident, Les has undergone a total of 29 surgeries, in which he coded twice, and was placed in an induced coma for three months After spending a total of 9 months over three years in the hospital, Les still holds a positive outlook on life.
Les is an avid activist for peer support which includes recently co founding the Fort Worth Amputee Coalition with physical therapist, Natasha Wooley. Following his accident and the numerous days he spent in the hospital, Les was never visited by another amputee. Looking back, he wonders if he would have made the decision earlier to amputate had he been presented with the positive options. Les continues to lead an active lifestyle that currently includes carpentry work on his farm land in the country, farming beef cows, performing maintenance on his home and land as well as hunting. His positive outlook and passion for life are apparent when meeting Les.