With Internal Brace surgery on a badly mangled knee ligament and the sudden onset of a life-threatening disease which saw him suffer multiple organ failure, it’s been the toughest of years for former Olympic skier Alain Baxter. However, less than five months after I reconstructed his ACL and barely two months since he was rushed to hospital with adult-onset Still’s Disease, the Aviemore skier is now back on the slopes after making what I can only describe as a truly remarkable recovery.
Above: Alain in action in the Giant Slalom.
As anyone who has seen the video of Alain squatting on one leg can see – he goes all the way down until his bottom touches his ankle and then, incredibly, has enough strength and stability in his reconstructed knee to rise back to a standing position, a manoeuvre he would never have been able to do with a conventional ACL reconstruction – he is now one of the poster boys for the benefits of the Internal Brace. His recovery from the very rare condition which saw his levels of the iron-binding protein ferritin get elevated from a normal level of 200 to more than 10,000 has been equally remarkable, and it’s good to see him back on the slopes, as good as new.