Trainer Naso inspired woman who lost her leg
A WOMAN who lost her right leg to a flesh-eating bug has helped the "inspirational" personal trainer who got her running again sprint into the final of a national competition.
Forty-eight-year-old Naso Shemetras, founder of Fight For Fitness, has beaten thousands of nominees to be named in Exorex Personal Trainer of the Year's top ten.
Naso, who lives on Mannamead Road, was nominated by Debbie Grosch-Squance, of St Judes Road, who met the fitness coach six years ago.
Forty-seven-year-old Debbie, a mother of two and keen athlete, had her leg amputated below the knee in 2006.
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The limb was removed to save her life after a chest infection turned into necrotising fasciitis, which attacks skin and muscle.
She said: "I met Naso in 2006 when she trained me to become a very fit runner. Later that year I became critically ill with a flesh-eating bug and was on life support while doctors fought to save my life.
"My right leg was so badly affected that in order to survive doctors had to amputate it.
"While I was recovering Naso would visit me in hospital telling me that she would see to it that I run again. A month after I left the hospital Naso had me back in the gym, and now I stay stronger and fitter than ever by running, swimming and cycling"
"Naso never let my disability get in the way. She has been so encouraging and has done all of the training for free – she has never taken a penny off me for all her hard work."
Naso said words could not describe what being nominated by Debbie meant.
She said: "Debbie has achieved so much and I feel honoured to work with her. Many people with two legs don't want to bother with things like exercise; Debbie has one leg and she wants to do it all!
"She is a total inspiration and she should be an example to all that you can improve your life no matter what."
The winner of the Exorex Personal Trainer of the Year will be chosen in November by a panel of judges. A prize of £1,000 will be awarded to the winner to spend on personal training equipment.