'One Hop' wonder

St Ann mechanic pushes on despite disability

Observer staff reporter

Monday, August 21, 2017

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DONOVON Levers only has one leg, but that has not affected his vibrant personality or his independence.

In fact, the Great Pond, St Ann, resident has declared himself one of the “skillest one-foot man in Jamaica right now”.

“Mi drive anything — automatic or standard, car, bus or truck. Anything a two-foot man can do, mi can do or do it even better. Mi climb any tree; mi no make anything trouble me,” Levers, a mechanic by profession, told the Jamaica Observer North & East while working at home last week.

He shared that he had only spent days on the job at a block factory in Ocho Rios when he lost his leg.

“That was a day. The 19th of January, 1984. Down a market lock down that day. People from all over reach St Ann's Bay Hospital. Mi not even get a pay cheque yet. Mi start Tuesday and it happen Thursday” Levers, popularly known as “One Hop”, said.

He explained that the area he was working in when the machine damaged his leg was not the area he was assigned to. He was filling in for a colleague.

Despite the shock and pain he felt losing his leg, Levers said from the day he was admitted to hospital he realised that he had to accept his situation and move on with his life.

“From it cut off and mi go down a hospital, mi say it gone already so mi have to live with it. And mi no leave down there on crutch, mi just jump down the steps and gone,” he added.

He spent only 11 days in hospital.

Since leaving, he has worked hard to maintain his independence.

For almost 30 years he has been making a living by repairing cars.

He admitted, however, that it was the loss of his leg that pushed him to become self-employed.

“Mi like deal with cars so mi say I will be self-employed… Mi a say because mi lose a leg nobody nah go employ me so mi just do my thing,” the man explained.

And he has no regrets.

“Sometimes the man with two legs a beg me. Nobody no want learn no trade again, dem want quick money,” the father of two said.

In the meantime, he actively participates in sporting activities with others in similar positions.

“Mi run all one-foot man race and win.”

He believes his ability to move with speed and energy is due to his fitness. He explained that before he lost his leg, exercising was a part of his daily routine.

“From mi a youth a grow up, mi always a exercise, always keeping fit,” he told North & East.




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