Amputated leg weight contest raises £1.5k for charity

Peter Rowswell
Image caption Peter Rowswell said the surgery represents "the start of my better life"

A competition to guess the weight of a man's amputated leg has raised nearly £1,500 for charity.

Peter Rowswell, from Langport in Somerset, who had suffered from clubfoot since birth, had his left leg removed below the knee last week.

The 30-year-old invited friends and family to guess the weight of his severed limb to raise funds for the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.

His leg weighed 3lb 8oz - about the same as three and a half tins of beans.

Image caption Mr Rowswell described his amputated leg which weighed 3lb 8oz as "spindly" due to the calf muscles not developing fully

The winning guess was made by Mr Rowswell's father, who predicted it would weigh 3lb 10oz.

"I told him at the time it was a cheeky guess," said Mr Rowswell, who had expected the leg to weigh more.

"I've got spindly legs because of my condition so the calf muscles haven't developed properly, " he said.

The prize was a bottle of champagne donated by Mr Rowswell's employer.

Mr Rowswell, who holds black belts in a number of martial arts, said he plans to get back to training and back on a motorbike as soon as possible.

He will be fitted with a prosthetic leg in a couple of months and aims to be back at work in six months.

"I was quite clear how I felt that this is it - the start of my better life," he said.

"I do look at where my leg was and think 'I can't believe I've actually done it - had my leg chopped off' but I don't regret it, never in the slightest."

Mr Rowswell said took the decision to have his leg removed due to needing a "stupid" amount of pain relief just to walk.

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