Matthew Newbury

At 15 years old I was involved in a road accident when the motorbike I was a passenger on was hit by a 4×4. I lost my leg and sustained serious and life threating injuries and spent more than eighteen months in various hospitals and rehabilitation centres.

In 2011, I became the first UK amputee to be fitted with a Genium™, a state-of-the-art microprocessor-controlled knee joint. The Genium™ allows me to walk up stairs foot-over-foot, walk backwards, manage rough terrain, slopes and stand for long periods of time with my knee locked – something that I have not been able to do with my previous leg.

The Genium™ has completely changed the way I live my life and has provided me with confidence to attempt things that I had thought were beyond me. Previously I’d be walking cautiously trying to avoid tripping up, but now I can walk with much more confidence. The Genium™ does all the thinking for me. I can now easily climb the scaffolding on my housing projects and am able to walk, ride and navigate life without a second thought, but the best thing is I’m not tired all the time. I have my life back and I look forward to a future where anything is possible.

Now 30, I am based in Central London, and the founder of Newbury Developments, a high quality home building business, which I launched following my major life-changing experiences. I have overcome severe adversity and also the temptations to build a successful business, which is providing homes for families, creating jobs and supporting the housing market.