Birmingham teenager has leg amputated after bone snapped in boxing match and doctors found rare cancer

Video shows the recovery of a teen boxer who had his leg amputated after it spontaneously snapped during a sparring session - and doctors found a rare bone cancer.

An inspirational video shows how a boxing-mad teen is determined to beat cancer and keep training - despite losing his leg. Ollie Hercombe, 16, snapped his leg while sparring in a boxing gym - which led to a shock diagnosis for the fitness enthusiast. Doctors discovered an extremely rare type of cancer, which meant he had to have his leg amputated.

X-Rays revealed that Ollie, who started boxing when he was six years old, had a tumor in the part of his leg that broke. Ollie underwent various tests and a bone biopsy while submitted to hospital. He was found to have Adamantinoma, an extremely rare type of cancer, found in just 1 in 1.9 million people.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

When the cancer spread, Ollie was left with two treatment options. Limb salvation which would result ankle fusion. muscle loss, deformity, mobility restriction and a possible return of cancer, or amputation above the knee. Ollie has made the brave decision to have his leg amputated, for which he hopes will lead to a better quality of life, and more importantly, a higher survival chance.

Now, Ollie is learning to live as an amputee and sharing his recovery on social media, while his family and friends rally round to pay for a prosthetic leg. A GoFundMe has been set up by Ollie’s mother, who writes: “We are asking for anyone who can help, to help us raise the money for a prosthetic leg, which will give Olilie the mobility required to help continue with day to day life, and his love for boxing, with as little impact as possible.”

Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.