Accident victim's miracle story
ONE year ago, Toowoomba man Hosea Eising was in the national media’s spotlight.
He had just been released from the Princess Alexandra Hospital where surgeons were able to re-grow 12 centimetres of his tibia (shin bone).
Mr Eising’s amazing medical story included eight marathon operations, one of which included the installation of an Illizarov frame around his lower left leg to support a piece of floating bone inside his damaged limb.
The frame was gradually wound one millimetre a day towards the other broken end, leaving a trail for new bone to grow in its path.
Miraculously, Mr Eising re-grew 12 centimetres of shin bone and the frame was removed in May, 2009.
Just days out of hospital, Mr Eising visited The Chronicle to share his incredible tale and X-rays.
He was brimming with confidence and certain the surgeons had done enough for him to begin living life normally again.
He even dared to dream that he could — in the near future — get back on his beloved motorbike.
However, as is the way with the best laid plans, the following months didn’t pan out as expected.
In June last year, Mr Eising’s tibia began to bend at the bone graft site and he was subsequently fitted with a cast to stabilise his leg.
When the cast was removed in August, 2009, an infection was discovered.
“I was quite happy when the (first) frame came off,” he said.
“But my leg started to hurt and the bone started to bend.
“They thought I had a bone infection, which is difficult to treat.
“I was worried that I would have to grow more bone back.
“But then they fitted me with a second frame to treat the infection and to hold the bone in place.
“It worked, which was a weight off my shoulders.”
Mr Eising had to endure 196 days with the second frame in place (the Illizarov frame used to re-grow his tibia was in place for 448 days).
He now has 26 holes in his tibia, has under gone 10 operations and travelled to Brisbane dozens of times for outpatient appointments.
“My leg will never look normal again, but there is no reason that I can’t have full movement again,” he said.
“That’s the aim.”
Mr Eising has not been able to work for more than two years and has relied heavily upon his family for emotional and physical support.
“This has definitely made me stronger,” he said.
“Certainly, you go through trials and tribulations, but I have my faith and that brings me closer to God.”
For his next achievement, Mr Eising plans to read the Bible — from cover to cover.
“I do a lot of reading,” he said.
“The recovery is taking a lot of time.
“So I have been reading about nutrition and supplements for bone strength.
“In the near future, I plan to read the Bible.
“It will probably take me six months.”
Mr Eising continues to take antibiotics to ward off infection and estimates his full recovery will take another 10 to 12 months.
As for the getting back on his bike: “Once it (riding motorbikes) is in your blood, you can never get it out”.