Angel Of The North
In 2014 Subah Amini’s life changed for ever. For the 31 year old from Bradford was told he would never be able to walk again after he was forced to jump from a ninth floor balcony to escape a fire. Among the long list of injuries he suffered were a ruptured aorta, broken left leg, snapped sternum, burst vertebrae, and a right heel which was smashed into 130 pieces. Worse still Mr Amini was paralysed from the waist down due to a squashed spinal cord, while doctors gave him just a 20% chance of survival. It seems all he needed was that 1 in 5 chance for after spending 10 months in hospital in London and Wakefield before travelling to China for intensive physiotherapy, he has regained movement in his legs and is now able to walk with crutches. What’s more far from letting his injuries slow him down, Mr Amini has decided to devote his life to helping others. “I think I survived to make other people’s lives better in any way I can. To help others means I can take a positive from what happened.” And he certainly means business, for he was part of a 350 strong team of volunteers from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association who helped victims of the December 2015 flooding in Cumbria and Yorkshire, transporting people, organising sandbags and providing emotional support. Mr Amini and all the other volunteers, the Daily Cheer salutes you.