PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — For Alistair Corkett, it’s good to be home after about a week in the hospital.
The 23-year-old cyclist lost his leg in a gruesome collision with a pickup truck on May 10. That day, he and a friend were biking south on SE 26th near Powell when the pickup turned left and slammed into him.
But loyal family and friends are helping to keep his spirits up.
“Being out (of the hospital) and here and seeing Timber, my dog, and everything, it’s really been good. So I feel great,” he told KOIN 6 News on Wednesday.
He’s navigating a new normal – using a wheelchair, a walker or crutches, and is working to overcome the challenges stairs present.
“Inside we have really narrow stairs,” he said, “so I kind of have to do this embarrassing thing where I kind of sit down on a step one-by-one.”
He said he vividly remembers the crash.
“My leg (was) on the sidewalk and at that point I just laid back and let people do their thing.”
He lost his leg but not his passion for cycling. In fact, the company that sponsors his cycling team just sent him a new bike frame. He’s “incredibly excited” about that, and will use it as motivation.
“The depressing part is it’s going to be ready to be built up and ready to ride long before I am,” he said.
But he is determined to be back on a bike by August. “The thought of that first ride really helps out quite a bit.”
First, he needs to heal from the surgery and laughed when he said, “Apparently cyclists heal faster is the word on the street, so we’ll see.”
Once he’s healed he’ll get fitted for a prosthetic leg and eventually one built for cycling. He’s hoping his journey might inspire other amputees to try cycling.
“I’m really looking forward to what it will be like to get back out there and see how I might be able to help change people’s lives.”
A GoFundMe page set up to help defray medical expenses has collected $83,000 to date. He said he’s grateful to his family and friends who put their lives on hold to help him start a new chapter.
“I’m shocked, to be honest,” he said. “You know, I’m amazed. I don’t even know what to say. People have been so generous.”