Jack Pascoe, who is now 71 years old, lost his right arm in a motor vehicle accident in 1994.
His wife was and still is his main support person, and she did his bandaging. He had no physiotherapy but an Occupational Therapist did come and visit him.
He was a dairy farmer who owned his own farm, so after the accident he employed a worker to help him out – initially for the first three months, but the assistant ended up staying for three years to help with the adjustment of running a dairy farm with a missing limb. The herringbone style milking shed was also altered to suit his needs and the claw on his arm was designed especially to manage milking cups by the Hamilton Limb Centre.
Jack also had to change his ute to an automatic and his tractor was also adapted for his use – with the controls on the left instead of the right.
He had to learn to write left-handed, which was a challenge, and his bank even refused the first cheque he signed with his left hand. However he played bowls before the accident and carried on playing after.
Jack says "Every day is a learning curve and you just have to look at everything again like it's the first time doing it and adjust."