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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Amputee Chris is Transformation team leader

Chris McElligott will be the first person with a major physical disability to appear on RTE’s Operation Transformation
Chris McElligott will be the first person with a major physical disability to appear on RTE’s Operation Transformation

A man who lost his leg in a traffic accident will be a team leader in the next series of Operation Transformation.

Chris McElligott, who was badly injured in a truck accident 16 years ago, works as a community coach for children with disabilities as part of the Football For All Initiative with the FAI.

Chris, who played 26 times for the Ireland junior team, had his leg severed below the knee when an articulated lorry smashed into his truck.

"I always had a fear that one of these days I might just have a heart attack and fall down," he told The Ray D'Arcy Show.

Active

"Also, I want to be able to do things. I want to be able to get out and enjoy life. I want to be active.

"I want to get back playing football next year if I can, and hopefully lose the weight and motivate myself to do it and point myself in the right direction."

The Ballyfermot man lives in Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, with his partner Elizabeth and their three children, Ryan (8), Dylan (5) and seven-month-old Mia.

Operation Transformation psychologist Dr Eddie Murphy has high hopes for Chris when the show kicks off.

"He's our first person with a major physical disability to be on Operation Transformation," he said.

"However, what I think is that we will get to see the Chris beyond the amputee - that's what I'm going to be focusing on.

"He wants to motivate everybody else, but he's lost that motivation for himself and our aim and goal will be that he can be on the team and be a player in his own life."

Operation Transformation airs in early January.

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