Amputee athletes share how charities helped them get back on track in Nissan ads
Nissan, in collaboration with double Paralympic gold medalist Richard Whitehead MBE, The Richard Whitehead Foundation and SportedUK charities, has released films highlighting the struggles athletes with limb amputations have to go through.
One of the films, created by Dark Horses and directed by David Lieb and photographer Nathan Gallagher, narrates the story of 24-year-old Walid from Sudan. He talks about when he was shot in the leg in Sudan, which led to amputation. With an ill-fitting prosthetic, he could no longer leave the house or play football. Walid, who now lives in the UK, connected with The Richard Whitehead Foundation on social media and is now one of the beneficiaries of the Nissan Possibilities Project.
As part of the project, he was provided with new running prosthetic, which has helped him bounce back on the running track. Walid talks about the support of the Nissan Possibilities Project and how it has enabled him to “create peace with his disability.” Inspired by his own struggle, he is now studying Prosthetics and Orthotics at university.
Three more films featuring Becca, Gabriella and Tayla will also be released soon and showcase how these Ossur running prosthetics – coupled with the support of both charities – are now enabling them to experience a more active life and participate in sports.