In June, Marc Cronin had to have his lower leg amputated after diabetic complications, but he’s not letting it beat him.
Instead, while he was waiting for his prosthetic to be made by the NHS, he built himself a temporary Lego leg.
Marc, 32, from Oldbury in the West Midlands was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in June 2013, but says his doctor believes he might have gone undiagnosed for up to 10 years.
He was put on insulin 18 months ago, which means his diabetes is now well-controlled. But, in 2014, he had his toes amputated and eventually lost his left foot, due to neuropathy, caused by high blood sugar levels over a long period of time.
But, he’s looking on the bright side – by pilfering his daughter Alice’s toy box and building himself a custom Lego limb.
Marc shared a photo of his creation on Reddit over the weekend, explaining that he got the idea when he saw his wife and daughter building with the tiny bricks.
‘It seemed like a fun idea,’ he told The Telegraph. ‘I’m quite new to the whole amputation process and at the rehabilitation centre I go to there are a lot of guys just getting their legs. So I thought why can’t I have one now?’
Marc is disappointed that doctors failed to diagnose his diabetes for so long and says three doctors failed to refer him to a diabetic foot clinic after he developed an ulcer. However, despite all he’s gone through, he’s remarkably positive.
After one Redditor commented: ‘As someone who loves sports but is also diabetic, I am so terrified of this happening,’ Marc responded to say he was already in training for the Paralympics in 2020.
‘There are so many sports out there you can do! I’m a massive football fan and played a lot before it happened. I’ve just found an amputation league local to me and I’m looking into basketball as well. Only 4 years until the Olympics I need to get practising,’ he wrote.
He also adds: ‘Diabetes is a horrible thing to have and I didn’t realise just how serious it could be, but if you eat well, exercise and control it you won’t have any problems.’
Marc has a casting for his new prosthetic on September 6 and will then have to wait a further two weeks to have it built. So, in the meantime, he’ll be using his Lego leg, albeit sparingly.
‘I can stand on it but I can’t walk on it,’ he explained. ‘I didn’t glue it together because I didn’t want to ruin my daughter’s Lego. It is currently standing in the corner of the living room like a piece of art.
‘I am disappointed my diabetes wasn’t diagnosed sooner but I don’t let it get to me. There are a lot worse things I could have which is why I stay positive.’