#21 Shark Attack Survivor & Helicopter Pilot - Kevin Ellis

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By Alex MacPhail. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

I’m joined by Kevin Ellis, a current freelance helicopter pilot flying Medevac operations in Kenya. In August 2014 while on a Medevac contract in Somalia, he went swimming at the beach in Mogadishu.
After body surfing he made his way in and was bashed around by the incoming wave. He felt his leg bump a rock with a sharp pain on his right calf. Kevin put his hand down to feel. He felt something rough and was convinced it was a rock. Then the rock bit his left leg!
He was assisted by locals and received medical care, but his left leg was gone. Kevin had always been a very active guy. The next phase of his recovery was a matter of getting through and adapting to a prosthetic leg.
He was determined to not only walk, but swim in the ocean again, continue mountain biking and of course, get back into the cockpit.
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