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Harrow deaf resident appear on the BBC1: Without Limits: Vietnam | Harrow & Brent United Deaf Club
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Harrow deaf resident appear on the BBC1: Without Limits: Vietnam

Posted by | September 14, 2017 | News | No Comments
As prosthetic legs are loaded into a 4×4, and riders missing limbs rev up their Communist-era motorbikes, one-armed biker Andy exclaims: ‘We must look like the circus has come to town!”

This unique group of travellers – six people with different disabilities – are on an epic journey of almost 900 miles through Vietnam, a country still suffering the legacy of war with high numbers of disability from unexploded ordnance. Although shadowed by film and safety crews, the group are in charge of their own destiny, navigating the route and the difficult access in a country ill-equipped for disability.

On the motorbikes are Louise Halvey (Harrow), who has progressive hearing loss and must negotiate the chaos of Hanoi traffic; volunteers as a deaf children’s swimming teacher and likes riding her bike. She’s also going progressively deaf and is about to get her first hearing dog.

In the 4×4 is Vicky Balch (pictured), who lost her leg after the now well-publicised rollercoaster accident at Alton Towers in 2015. She’s determined to restore her independence, but suffers an early set-back when the car’s brakes fail.

Mary Russell was born with achondroplasia, the most common type of dwarfism. She has struggled with depression throughout her life and still fights a battle with low self-esteem.

Olympic wheelchair rugby captain Steve Brown was paralysed from the chest down 12 years ago. In Vietnam, he faces his greatest challenge on an ambitious caving expedition.

Marathon runner Charlie Lewis who convinced a surgeon to amputate his right leg following a snowboarding accident that for almost ten years had kept him in constant pain.

Andy Slade is the most experienced biker. He lost his arm in an industrial accident nine years ago, but soon got back to bike racing, becoming the UK’s fastest one-armed man on a motorbike. But even that can’t help him as he takes a tumble on the legendary Ho Chi Minh trail.

Without Limits: Vietnam is produced by Unscripted Productions and BBC Studios Bristol for BBC One

Without Limits: Vietnam a new prime time BBC ONE television programme starting Thursday 14th September tonight at 8pm!