A double amputee has been fitted with a new pair of ‘sport’ legs ahead of him carrying the Olympic torch in Dundee.
Ronnie McIntosh, from Dundee, suffers from a rare autoimmune condition called Sjogren's Syndrome. It led to kidney failure and ultimately resulted in the amputation of both of his legs.
Before he became seriously ill in 1993, he was a successful marathon and fell runner.
Now the 62-year-old has been fitted with a new set of sports limbs which are styled on the limbs used by Oscar Pistorius, the South African sprint runner.
He is now in training to join the torch relay team in June and is hopeful that once he gets used to his new legs he can return to running.
Mr McIntosh, said: "It just feels tremendous, hopefully now I'll never look back, but you never know, I just want to look forward now and see what I can achieve on my new limbs. They're styled on the same limbs as Oscar Pistorius, the blade runner, so I'm lucky in that respect that I have got the same type of limbs as him, but on a short blade so they can get a training shoe on."
On June 12, he will step out with the Olympic torch when it arrives in Dundee. He is one of nine torch bearers who will carry the iconic flame through the city.
He added: "I'm just totally delighted to be selected and I can't wait. I'm getting really excited about the big day.”
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