PATRICK Murphy was days away from leaving Canada.
The keen surfer and snowboarder from Cardiff had been catching up with friends for a few drinks after finishing work - his last shift - when he was hit by a train in Revelstoke on June 30, 2018.
Police found him - conscious, but severely injured - beside the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks the next morning.
He was flown to Vancouver Hospital, where his right leg was amputated below the knee.
His right hand was partially amputated, and he lost the index finger and thumb from his left hand.
"The police said I had tried to walk home along the train track - which wasn't really on the way home, which was odd," Mr Murphy, 25, said.
"I am pretty sure my drink was spiked.
"I remember having two beers that night after I'd finished work at the kitchen."
He had been living in Canada with his girlfriend - Tammy Jeffs - for two years.
In Revelstoke, he alternated between working on the ski lifts during the day, and as a kitchen hand a few nights a week.
"It allowed me to snowboard as much as I could, really," he said.
"We were just a couple of days off leaving Canada, we were going to drive down to the States before we came home."
Mr Murphy said he was lucky to be alive.
Lucky to have been found.
Lucky it was "only this".
"It could've been so much worse," he said.
"I think I was found by chance. The police said they had seen someone walking up on the train lines on the other end. But they walked the line and ended up finding me a little bit away from it. I'd crawled away from the tracks a bit. I don't remember any of it.
"I only had one finger left on my right hand, and they were trying to save as much as they could, so they moved it. It was my pinky. Because my wrist was all damaged, they fused it to the end of my arm. My left hand is my main hand now. My better hand."
News of his accident had given his friends and family a "massive scare".
"My mum was actually on a holiday herself at the time - she was in Scotland," he said.
"My sister and dad came over as soon as they heard, and it took mum maybe two days to get there. But I had Tammy and a few mates there, which was good. I wasn't alone."
A Go Fund Me campaign raised more than $65,000 to "Bring Patty Home".
"We might've stayed over there, but my visa was running out, so I wouldn't have had any medical coverage," he said. "And we had to fly home with a doctor as well, which was a bit expensive.
"But everyone chipped in for the flight, which was pretty unbelievable. It was pretty moving. You're just laying there, hopeless, and to have that much support was pretty awesome."
Once he was back in Australia, Mr Murphy had skin grafts done on his hands at Royal North Shore in Sydney. He returned home to Newcastle for rehabilitation at Rankin Park.
"I was right handed, so I can't write all that well now," he said. "But I just got my license back, which is good.
"I just need to drive an automatic."
Mr Murphy is sharing his story ahead of his first Ossur Mobility Clinic on the Gold Coast on April 15 and 16.
Ossur is a prosthetics company.
"This is all still pretty new to me. The accident was only nine months ago," he said.
"I was interested in learning a bit more about the prosthetics, and they have physios there to help you with any bad habits with your walking, and things like that. And just to talk to other amputees as well, really.
"I was in hospital for a long time, so I sat on the internet looking for other athletes and stories about people who are missing a leg and what they can do.
"I was hunting to see what prosthetics everyone was using. In a bit of time I'd like to try to surf again, and snowboard again."
Mr Murphy will be supported by Ossur ambassadors and fellow Novocastrians Jade "Red" Wheatley and Darrel Sparke at the clinic.
Mr Sparke, a 4th dan black belt in Taekwondo, said the day he lost his right leg would be etched onto his mind forever.
I was in hospital for a long time, so I sat on the internet looking for other athletes and stories about people who are missing a leg and what they can do... In a bit of time I'd like to try to surf again, and snowboard again.Patrick Murphy, 25, of Cardiff
It was the mid-'70s, and he slipped under a lawnmower in the school playground.
He was five.
"The world was a different place back then," he said.
"I slipped. It was a pure accident. But it resulted in significant, non-recoverable damage to my right leg below the knee."
Mr Sparke said it had been a "dramatic" time for his parents too.
"My mother used to have to tolerate the blood-curdling screams of a night for the next three or four years from me," he said. "I have no memory of them, but they are the nightmares that would taunt my mother. And my dad had to stand there at the hospital, holding my hand as I was basically dying and they were trying to save me, with this look on his face of absolute helplessness.
"It's not just the amputee that goes through it.
"Nothing prepares you.
"But something like the Ossur clinic can help to prepare you for getting on with life."
Mr Sparke said there were "2000-plus" amputations in NSW each year - the product of cancers, traumas, sepsis, meningococcal, diabetes, and vascular disease.
"One in 100,000 gets an amputation. And that's not getting any less," he said.
"When you lose a leg, it's almost indescribable how dramatic that impact is. Just like losing an arm. But in terms of getting around, it's something that's intrinsic.
"You need every bit of advantage you can get to get back into life. And the mobility clinic is an important source of information that an amputee, and their associated supports, can use to make sure you have the best movement forward after such a traumatic event.
"Not being able to walk correctly has implications on your spine, your activity levels, your mental health. The clinic gives people the opportunity, annually, to meet with some of the best in the country, get involved in the community, and learn how to become more capable and confident."
Mr Wheatley, an Australian representative adaptive surfer, lost both of his legs in a work accident 19 years ago.
"The clinics are educational - you learn a lot," Mr Wheatley said. "There is a lot of professionals there that guide you and help you and offer a lot of support.
"But the big plus for me is to go and juice up on motivation. I go there and just get blown away by the stories of the people who attend."
Mr Wheatley was working in civil construction on a road job when the heavy machinery he was operating rolled.
"It was an open cab," he said. "I jumped out at the last minute, but I got crushed by the cabin."
Almost immediately after the accident, he started investigating how he could get back in the water to start surfing again.
"There's a lot of questions you ask yourself - like, 'Can I even swim?' "At first, I had an Ilizarov external frame - a big metal cage - around my leg while they were still trying to save it. I was itching to get back in the water, so I got this bean baggy thing and stuffed it inside it, and then started doing laps at the pool.
"I gained some strength there, and the next step was surfing."
He'll never forget his first "really good session" back surfing at Newcastle Beach.
"This one day I went out, it was super clean and super fun, six foot, and I just kept getting wave after wave," he laughed.
"I'd had eight years off, and after that I was known to be out in the surf for eight-to-10 hours a day.
"Half the time the sand was too hot to crawl back in on my knees, so it was a good excuse to stay out.
"I carried on with life. I had to adapt, but there was nothing I didn't do. I figured it out as I went. But I know a lot of short-cuts now."