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  • February 15, 2013

    The comeback kid

    Cole Maydanuk was born to be a railway man, just as his father and grandfather before him. Three days on the job, at the age of 18, he lost both his legs to a freight train. His resolve, though, remained unbroken. Winnipeg Free Press photojournalist John Woods chronicled Cole's remarkable journey since the July 25, 2012, accident. For the full story by columnist Lindor Reynolds, see wfp.to/unbroken.

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  • Cole's legs were amputated just hours after the accident. He didn't get his new legs until months later.

    Cole's legs were amputated just hours after the accident. He didn't get his new legs until months later. Photo Store

  • Before he could be cast for prostheses, Cole had to reduce the amount of fluid in his stumps. He wore compression stockings for an hour a day, every day, in the privacy of his bedroom.

    Before he could be cast for prostheses, Cole had to reduce the amount of fluid in his stumps. He wore compression stockings for an hour a day, every day, in the privacy of his bedroom. Photo Store

  • 'My goal is for him to walk independently. For the patient, that's Christmas Day' - physiotherapist Ron Recueno, as he puts Cole through one of his many workouts.

    'My goal is for him to walk independently. For the patient, that's Christmas Day' - physiotherapist Ron Recueno, as he puts Cole through one of his many workouts. Photo Store

  • In order for Cole to walk again, upper-body strength is vital.

    In order for Cole to walk again, upper-body strength is vital. Photo Store

  • Cole was determined to walk. He is determined to skate. He is prepared to sweat.

    Cole was determined to walk. He is determined to skate. He is prepared to sweat. Photo Store

  • Winnipeg's Health Sciences Centre was Cole's home for seven weeks after the accident.

    Winnipeg's Health Sciences Centre was Cole's home for seven weeks after the accident. Photo Store

  • Hockey meant everything to Cole before the accident. Returning to the bench to help coach his younger brother's team was a key part of his journey.

    Hockey meant everything to Cole before the accident. Returning to the bench to help coach his younger brother's team was a key part of his journey. Photo Store

  • Losing his legs wasn't going to keep Cole off the ice. Attending a sledge hockey open house was another big part of the recovery process. He later says being in the locker room that day was the first time he felt like himself again.

    Losing his legs wasn't going to keep Cole off the ice. Attending a sledge hockey open house was another big part of the recovery process. He later says being in the locker room that day was the first time he felt like himself again. Photo Store

  • Sledge hockey is tricky, Cole discovered. Yes, you need hockey skills and smarts, which he has in spades, but maintaining his balance was challenging.

    Sledge hockey is tricky, Cole discovered. Yes, you need hockey skills and smarts, which he has in spades, but maintaining his balance was challenging. Photo Store

  • 'I told him,

    'I told him, "I know you're going to skate again. It won't be easy but I know you're going to do it' - Kim Maydanuk, Cole's mother Photo Store

  • His parents knew getting Cole back on the ice was important. But it caused a few anxious moments.

    His parents knew getting Cole back on the ice was important. But it caused a few anxious moments. Photo Store

  • Cole was only 18 at the time of the accident. But he exhibited, time and time again, the tenacity and demeanor of a man beyond his years.

    Cole was only 18 at the time of the accident. But he exhibited, time and time again, the tenacity and demeanor of a man beyond his years. Photo Store

  • November 8 was another milestone day. Prosthetist Eric Kuhl fits Cole for his new legs.

    November 8 was another milestone day. Prosthetist Eric Kuhl fits Cole for his new legs. Photo Store

  • Cole is treated like a rock star at a fundraising packed with friends, teammates, classmates and family.

    Cole is treated like a rock star at a fundraising packed with friends, teammates, classmates and family. Photo Store

  • His parents took the stage later in the evening to express their gratitude. There were plenty of tears. Then it was Cole's turn to speak. It ends with a standing ovation.

    His parents took the stage later in the evening to express their gratitude. There were plenty of tears. Then it was Cole's turn to speak. It ends with a standing ovation. Photo Store

  • By the end of the social, Cole had spoken personally with hundreds of people.

    By the end of the social, Cole had spoken personally with hundreds of people. Photo Store

  • Before he gets his own legs, Cole needed to practice with 'tomato cage' legs. His mom posts a video on Facebook - 'Baby's first steps! Again!!'

    Before he gets his own legs, Cole needed to practice with 'tomato cage' legs. His mom posts a video on Facebook - 'Baby's first steps! Again!!' Photo Store

  • Cole gets an early present 11 days before Christmas. His new 'bionic' legs have arrived.

    Cole gets an early present 11 days before Christmas. His new 'bionic' legs have arrived. Photo Store

  • Leg amputations are either BKA (below knee) or AKA (above knee). The more leg that can be saved, the better chance a patient has to learn to walk with a prosthesis.

    Leg amputations are either BKA (below knee) or AKA (above knee). The more leg that can be saved, the better chance a patient has to learn to walk with a prosthesis. Photo Store

  • 'I'm anxious,' Cole said weeks prior to getting his legs. 'It's like walking on stilts.'

    'I'm anxious,' Cole said weeks prior to getting his legs. 'It's like walking on stilts.' Photo Store

  • It was never easy, although he tried to make it look that way. It was always varying levels of hard.

    It was never easy, although he tried to make it look that way. It was always varying levels of hard. Photo Store

  • 'On July 25, my life was changed forever. I was thrown off a tank car and subsequently run over by the train. I knew life was throwing me a curveball and somehow I had to hit it'  Cole Maydanuk

    'On July 25, my life was changed forever. I was thrown off a tank car and subsequently run over by the train. I knew life was throwing me a curveball and somehow I had to hit it' Cole Maydanuk Photo Store

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