Flown out to England, he had numerous operations in the Canadian army
hospital at Horley. The legs were so bad that the surgeons wanted to remove both, but one of the three doctors wanted to try
to save them. Andy sided with that opinion, and they were saved. But he was on crutches after several years in military hospitals,
overseas and in Calgary, including three years at Colonel Belcher Veterans Hospital, then swimming daily at the Calgary Winter
Club- the only exercise that he could manage. Andy married and had three daughters, but died in 1978 at 54.
While at Horley Hospital,in England, the leg wasn't at all fragrant, but the volunteer aids and visitors attended Andy daily
bringingbooks and magazines, running errands, and writing letters.-
some were often ill from the sight and smell of Andy's injouries, but maintained a cheery outlook for
Andy- certainly unsung heros also. In the photo,taken in England, at that time, is Gwendoline Day, an Auxillary Territorial
Services Aide from Ryde.
Andy Trofanenko was returned home to Alberta and was almost a fixture getting
about with his crutches. He died, partly as a result of his wartime injuries, in March, 1978, at 54.
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