Epileptic tech employee, 36, shares how he misplaced each legs: Is now working marathon on prosthetics


A person who misplaced each his legs after struggling a seizure and falling onto a New York Metropolis subway platform plans to tackle a 5K  impediment course and 6K race this weekend after coaching with prosthetic legs for a yr. 

Roman Leykin, 36, a former tech employee from Brooklyn who was recognized with epilepsy as a youngster, was caught with a seizure whereas commuting to work in February 2018, the Stamford Advocate reported.  

The sudden assault triggered him to fall onto the subway tracks as a prepare ran him over, leaving him with traumatic mind harm and his legs needing to be amputated. 

Not in a position to do his job, Leykin has dedicated himself to the world of athletics, taking over the Gaylord Guantlet’s 5K impediment course on Saturday and the Achilles Hope & Risk 6K on Sunday.  

‘Proper now, I will as many amputee occasions as I can everywhere in the nation and fairly quickly everywhere in the world,’ Leykin instructed the Advocate. ‘I am unable to cease.’

Roman Leykin, 36, suffered a traumatic mind harm and had each his legs amputated after being hit by a NYC subway prepare in 2018. Compelled to go away his tech job, Leykin has moved on to grasp strolling together with his new prosthetics in a yr

Leykin taking a stroll last week with his 'tech legs'

Leykin has come a long way after intially falling with the legs when he first tried them last year

Leykin (above) is assured in his capability to stroll with the brand new prosthetics as he took on a 5K impediment course on Saturday and plans to finish a 6K race on Sunday

Leykin, who was internet developer working in Manhattan, stated the moments after his 2018 accident had been a blur after he fell unconscious affected by the mind harm he sustained. 

He spent a yr on the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, New York, and was utilizing a wheelchair till 2021. 

That was a giant yr for Leykin, who dedicated himself to strolling with brief prosthetics. 

‘I jumped off my wheelchair and I took a pair steps and I fell instantly,’ Leykin instructed the Advocate about his first try with the ‘stubbies.’

‘I bought proper again up. And I fell. And I bought proper again up. And I fell. 

‘And inside quarter-hour or 20 minutes, I used to be strolling and never holding on to a single factor. Sure, I used to be shorter, however the freedom of motion gave me freedom of life.’

Documenting his progress on Instagram and TikTok, the place he has practically 200,000 followers, Leykin may be seen taking brief, awkward steps in Could 2021 earlier than falling down with a smile on his face over the liberty of mobility. 

Since then, Leykin has developed to utilizing longer ‘tech legs,’ as he enjoys hikings, crusing, {golfing}, bowling, mountain climbing, hockey, snowboarding and different sports activities. 

‘I am a really aggressive particular person. I really like sweating. So doing something that makes you sweat, I really feel nice it doesn’t matter what the exercise is,’ he stated. 

Leykin spent a year recovering from his accident and is now committed to training his body

Leykin spent a yr recovering from his accident and is now dedicated to coaching his physique

He has taken on a plethora of different sports, including rock climbing earlier this year

He has taken on a plethora of various sports activities, together with mountain climbing earlier this yr 

With his new prosthetic long legs, Leykin has also taken up cycling

Along with his new prosthetic lengthy legs, Leykin has additionally taken up biking 

Leykin’s newest enterprise was the chaotic Gaylord Gauntlet, a charitable impediment course race hosted by Gaylord Specialty Healthcare at their Wallingford campus. 

The 5K occasion options treks via the forest and dirt hills, hurdles over bushes and partitions, and a slide right into a pool of water. General, the race featured 24 obstacles for Leykin and others to finish. 

Katie Joly, the Gaylord Sports activities Affiliation’s program supervisor, recommended Leykin on his drive and skill to show his life round. 

‘Quite a lot of occasions for folks it is getting that confidence again to be who they’re once more as a result of … a variety of people that we work with, they’ve had a spinal twine harm, a stroke, a traumatic mind harm, limb loss, like Rome, they usually’re studying the way to stay their life in another way,’ Joly instructed the advocate.

The Gaylord Gauntlet featured 24 obstacles for Leykin and others to complete

The Gaylord Gauntlet featured 24 obstacles for Leykin and others to finish

Among the obstacles include a wall climb after a trek through mud hills

Among the many obstacles embrace a wall climb after a trek via mud hills 

The second to last obstacle is a slid down hill into a pit of water

The second to final impediment is a slid down hill right into a pit of water

The enjoyable however grueling course would go away most individuals too sore to maneuver the subsequent day, however Leykin is as a substitute selecting to deal with the twentieth annual Achilles Hope & Risk four-mile race on Sunday. 

The race, set to start within the morning in New York Metropolis’s Central Park, celebrates incapacity inclusion and permits all to affix the occasion on the heels of the anniversary of the signing of the People with Disabilities Act. 

Leykin instructed the Advocate he was excited to tackle the race and eager to comply with his mantra, ‘Relentless ahead constructive momentum.’ 

The athlete stated he was all the time transferring ahead, jokingly warning others, ‘I am not gonna get in your means, however do not dare get in mine as a result of … you would possibly get rolled over, you would possibly get walked over, you would possibly get run over.’  


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