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Burnt: Surviving Against All the Odds - Beaten, Burnt and Left for Dead. One Man's Inspiring Story of His Survival After Losing His Legs Paperback – 27 Aug 2007
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Now, after years of rehabilitation he has turned his life around. --Daily Record
A very well written book. --Richard & Judy Show C4
Sure to be of help to others. --The Mirror
Ian Colquhoun is an extraordinary young man surviving a mind-numbing attack that resulted in the loss of his legs. Yet, somehow his burned and broken body fought on. The agonies and extraordinary experiences, courage and his determination to survive make this book gripping and inspirational reading. Given the last rites three times, Ian has come through kidney failure, a seven-week coma, heart problems, 65 percent burns and has endured more than twenty operations. Thanks to the Internet there were thousands of people praying for his life all over the world. The burns were to his chest/abdomen, arms, hands, chin and worst of all, his legs. They were burned right through to the bone. They were going to have to come off if he was to live. His parents were told that still might not be enough to save his life though, Yet, somehow, his burned, broken body and soul fought on.See all Product description
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What the story does more than anything else is to reveal what bloody-mindedness can achieve, although initially he wanted to die! Before losing his legs this young man had every to live for: nights out with the lads, dating pretty women and supporting his Scottish Premier League team of Hibs (Hibernian). What more could a carefree Scot's lad want out of life. Losing his legs was as equally a catastrophe for the author as it was for the legendary WWII flying veteran Douglas Bader. Flying a plane or being a warehouse operative makes not one shred of difference to what unimaginable pain each must have gone through. This is a well-written story that is a thankful far cry from the usual book that is starting to take over the realms of sanity. For once a true grit story that is real.
Ian holds nothing back in this book and reading it it's almost like he's sitting next to you telling you about his 'past life' so to speak.Guy falls off the tracks a little...has a life changing experience...picks himself up and gets on with life with his head held high.
At times this book is heartbreaking and painful to read, the endless operations, the setbacks...but it is not all doom and gloom.There is hope...an abundance of it,from Ian's determination to walk again to him going to university.I was crying tears of joy by the very end, Ian's message is so simple yet so poignant, you can't help but feel touched.
This book is an accomplishment in itself...but Ian has gone on to other things...stunt work on tv & film, further publications on the horizon.
The future looks exceedingly bright for Ian and I for one wish him all the best in the world.
by Ian Colquhoun
A review of Ian's true life story,"Burnt."
By MJ Warlow
There are many true life stories on the market but none like this, because this story is from the mouth of a typical no nonsence, straight talking Scotsman, Ian Colquhoun.
"Burnt" contains the real life account of what led to a horrific attack on Ian on Christmas eve that left him at death's doorstep.
In an attempt to start afresh and conquer his alcoholism, Ian left his home in Bonny Scotland to start his new life in Ireland. At first, the the romantic ideal we all have of the Emerald Isle seemed to be true. Ian found the locals warm, friendly and always up for a good time drinking and watching football in cosy pubs. Sadly it wasn't to remain this way. One night after a party at his girlfriends house, Ian was beaten over the head with a pick axe as he lay sleeping, then he was set on fire. He was only minutes from death when he was saved by a police officer.
Ensued seven weeks of hell for his family as he lay near death in a coma. His mother had to make the agonising decision to have his badly burned legs removed. Three times a Priest was called to give Ian his last rites. Little did his family and friends know that while in a coma, Ian was having near death experiences and powerfully symbolic dreams.
After waking from his coma, Ian's mum had the difficult task of explaining where he was and what had happened to him. Understandly, Ian suffered suicidal thoughts at first and wished that he'd been left for to die but all that changed through Ian's sheer determination not to give up on his life.
Through agonising pain Ian learned to walk with prosthetic legs leading to a more substantial life than he'd ever lived before.
"Burnt" isn't a book you sit back and casually read. It makes you think. It makes you ponder on religion and its role in the world. It takes you to countries full of passion and tradition. It makes you feel the roller coaster of emotions Ian and his family experienced before and after his attack. Along with Ian you experience his love for football and his team, the special women in his life, the hurt he felt when his seemingly doting girlfriend betrayed him and his anger at the injustice of his attackers never being bought to trial. I defy any one not to feel relief and joy when Ian walks for the first time after his ordeal and turns his life around from factory worker to actor, stuntman and writer.
In the words of Ian Colquhoun, "A phoenix can indeed rise from the ashes."
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