Prior to becoming a quadruple amputee, Matthew Ames was an executive in the energy and resources sector, an industry in which he worked for almost 20 years as an environmental engineer and safety professional. His most recent position was Group Manager, Health Safety & Environment at Origin Energy.
Much of Matthew's time is currently spent focusing on rehabilitation and maximising what he can do. He shares his story in the hope that it inspires positive attitudes towards adversity and disability.
Matthew was a Queensland state finalist in the 2013 Australian Father of the Year awards, and the recipient of the 2013 Queensland Pride of Australia (Courage) Award. He is actively engaged in all aspects of family life with four children. Matthew and his wife, Diane, are determined to grow old together.
Matthew Ames had a one per cent chance of survival after becoming a quadruple amputee. This is the story of his triumphant recovery, and his family's courage in working together to make Matthew's life as normal as possible.