A teenager who suffered serious injuries in a train accident has been left suicidal and desperate to live an independent life.
Tyler Finnigan suffered life-changing injuries when he accidentally slipped onto the tracks at Motherwell train station in April last year.
He was only 15 when he had to have his arm amputated after his hand was sliced off by the moving train.
The teen, from Scotland, also suffered such severe head trauma that he was placed in an induced coma at Queen Elizabeth University.
Doctors put 12 staples into his wound and also saved his right ear by sewing it back on.
Tyler, now 16, has suffered severe mental health issues and has contemplated taking his own life since the accident.
He is also devastated by the loss of his independence and haunted by traumatic night terrors.
Dad Kevin, 45, is now trying to raise funds to buy him a state-of-the-art prosthetic arm to improve his quality of life.
Tyler does not have enough bone in his limb to be able to use an NHS-issued prosthetic.
Tyler said: “I struggle with life on a daily basis. I can’t dress myself or tie my own shoelaces.
“I need help getting in and out of the shower. I can’t do simple things, like cut up a potato or butter bread.
“The worst part is going outside because I’m so paranoid everyone is staring at me.
“I take panic attacks whenever I hear a train and I have night terrors about the accident.
“I feel like all my friends have abandoned me and I’m in constant pain.
“I’ve contemplated suicide, but all I want is my independence – more independence than I have now.
“Getting a prosthetic arm that would help me do that, it would mean the world to me.”
Tyler had been looking forward to starting a mechanics course the week after his accident but his plans for the future became impossible as a result of his injuries.
Kevin is desperate to help his son and is trying to raise money for an artificial limb that works by recording electric signals – and they can cost up to £100k.
UK-based prosthetics firm Otto Bock currently offers the technology privately but the cost is priced per patient.
Their artificial limb, DynamicArm, is similar to others available in America made by companies such as Open Bionics and Mobius Bionics.
The security guard said: “Tyler has been struggling with his mental health and has been really low.
“It is heartbreaking for me to see him like this and feel like there is nothing I can do.
“A prosthetic arm that works will make a massive difference to his life.
“I’m concerned about his mental state of mind, he feels like I’ve got to help him wash and get dressed.
“He gets so frustrated that he can’t put on his own shoes.
“Getting him this arm is so important, it’ll help him regain his independence.
“I’ve been working all through Christmas to save as much as I can. I’ve got epilepsy so I’m meant to be off sick as I still have seizures.
“But I want to see my boy’s quality of life back again. I’ll keep going until he gets the arm.
“We just need to take each day as it comes.”