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Bodybuilder mum gets ‘bionic leg’ to help lift heavier weights

Muscle mum Lesley Ravenscroft is one of Scotland’s top female weight lifters
Muscle mum Lesley Ravenscroft is one of Scotland’s top female weight lifters

Muscle mum Lesley Ravenscroft, 45, of Dunfermline, Fife, will use the specially reinforced false leg to hoist barbell weights above her head.

She’s also planning to have a carbon fibre blade leg – similar to the one used by shamed athlete Oscar Pistorius – fitted, and will swap between the two false limbs depending on what she’s doing.

“I won’t let having my leg amputated stop me,” said the mum-of-four who lost her right leg after doctors couldn’t fix a blocked artery.

Lesley was a top bodybuilder when illness struck.

Lesley Ravencroft lost her right leg after doctors couldn’t fix a blocked artery (Chris Austin/ DC Thomson)
Lesley Ravencroft lost her right leg after doctors couldn’t fix a blocked artery (Chris Austin/ DC Thomson)

She has already clinched a trophy in an International Bodybuilding and Fitness Association competition.

She eats a 3,500 calorie a day diet of brown rice, chicken and nuts and lifts weights heavier than an average man.

Hospital nurses nicknamed her “Wonder Woman”.


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