08, June 2018
Ella Rose Dove - From tragedy to triumph
08, June 2018
May 2018 marks the second anniversary of the ill-fated day, however, Ella’s approach to life shows a very different state of mind since then.
In May 2016, magazine journalist Ella Dove from Stratford was out jogging with her sister when she tripped and fell. Ella had fallen in such a way that her knee had dislocated and a bone had severed a major artery which prevented circulation to her foot. The devastating result was the amputation of her right leg below the knee, five days after her fall.
Ella’s complex injuries meant she spent four months in a wheelchair before getting a prosthesis. She then went to the Amputee Rehabilitation Unit in Lambeth, where she learned to walk again.
Ella was referred to The London Prosthetic Centre and when she attended the clinic and met with Abdo, the plans were set in motion for custom made legs that would help Ella continue with her daily life without much hindrance. Choosing to opt for the superior services of the LPC, Ella needed to raise funds. With the success of a stand-up comedy show as well as a heart-warming choir ensemble with Stratford East Choir and being part funded by LPC, Ella raised the funds for her new journey. Ella’s custom-made legs consist of an everyday all terrain leg, a high definition silicone cosmesis and a sensational running blade to aid and improve her fitness experience.
Ella’s journey continues with a hive of activity and plans to swim in a triathlon at Dorney Lake. She recently took part in a 10k London Moon walk for breast cancer awareness and has plans to learn how to ride a bike, go horseriding and much more.
Through Ella’s determination and resilience, she has come a long way from that fateful day. Her career has gone from strength to strength and she continues to write for Good Housekeeping, Prima and Red Magazine. Alongside this, Ella has achieved her lifelong dream of being an author as she has recently secured a book deal. Ella is an ambassador for the Limbless Association. She is keen to raise awareness of limb loss, and visits both the Royal London Hospital and the Lambeth ARU to meet and chat to patients coming to terms with their amputations. As a journalist, Ella is a regular contributor to the LA’s magazine, Step Forward.
In her spare time, Ella reads, swims and sings in her local choir – and writes, of course!