Tug master back at work just months after leg amputation

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A tug master who lost his leg due to a blood clot last summer has returned to working as a tug master at DFDS, announced the Danish ferry company. “The only thing I had to change was to get a zipper in my overalls to make room for my new leg. And that makes me happy," said the port operator.

Tug master back at work just months after leg amputation
Photo credits @ Linkein/ DFDS

In the summer of 2021, Rene van Reine, port operator in the Netherlands, had a blood clot that resulted in the removal of one of his legs, stated DFDS in a Linkedin post.

However after a successful recovery, he has been able to get back to his work.

Reine has since spoken honestly about his feelings after the surgery. He felt lost for weeks until the rehabilitation process started:

“That changed things for me. I suddenly saw other people with injuries working hard to get back to “normal”. I thought: if they can do it, I can do it.”

And he did. Rene’s rehabilitation worked so well that last week, after only 7 months, he has been able to start working full-time: The port operator is back working as a tug master outside the terminal again.

“The only thing I had to change was to get a zipper in my overalls to make room for my new leg. And that makes me happy. I didn’t want an office job,” says Rene.


Photo credits @ Linkein/ DFDS

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