Community rallies around Calgary police officer recovering from devastating illness

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Doctors later performed a double leg amputation.

Despite the overwhelming circumstances, he’s pushing forward with an optimism and determination unmatched by many. He attributes this to the overwhelming support from family and friends.

“It’s basically telling myself I can be independent and I can get back to where I was. It’s going to take time and it’s going to be different,” said Bramham.

“But I’m hoping to be back hiking again and going up those mountains. So as long as I set my goal and my mindset is geared towards doing those things again, that’s how I can get through this.”

He’s currently undergoing physiotherapy and has just been given the green light to leave the hospital. The next step, he said, is rehabilitation.

The constable is also getting fitted for two prosthetic legs but they come at a high cost and aren’t fully covered by his benefits.

“For that price — I expect it to make me coffee in the morning,” Bramham joked.

His colleague and friend Const. Gavin Sather wanted to help, so he created an online fundraising campaign to offset the costs for “Brammy.”

On the campaign page, Sather talks about his friend’s “amazing determination and resilience” and how he was able to beat the odds, many times alone as COVID-19 restrictions limited his ability to see loved ones in the hospital.

“Brammy has given so much to his community and friends,” Sather wrote on the GoFundMe page. “(Let’s) return the favour.”

As of Saturday afternoon, the campaign was just a few thousand dollars shy of its $50,000 goal, with over 450 donors.

“It just goes to show you, in a situation like this, people can come together and they can actually make a difference,” said Bramham.

“I think that’s the best story right here.”

alsmith@postmedia.com

Twitter: @alanna_smithh

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