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A man who lost both his legs after suffering a seizure and falling onto a New York City subway platform plans to take on a 5K obstacle course and 6K race this weekend after training with prosthetic legs for a year.
Roman Leykin, 36, a former tech worker from Brooklyn who was diagnosed with epilepsy as a teenager, was stuck with a seizure while commuting to work in February 2018, the Stamford Advocate reported.
The sudden attack caused him to fall onto the subway tracks as a train ran him over, leaving him with traumatic brain injury and his legs needing to be amputated.
No longer able to do his job, Leykin has committed himself to the world of athletics, taking on the Gaylord Guantlet's 5K obstacle course on Saturday and the Achilles Hope & Possibility 6K on Sunday.
'Right now, I'm going to as many amputee events as I can all over the country and pretty soon all over the world,' Leykin told the Advocate. 'I can't stop.'
Roman Leykin, 36, suffered a traumatic brain injury and had both his legs amputated after being hit by a NYC subway train in 2018. Forced to leave his tech job, Leykin has moved on to master walking with his new prosthetics in a year
Leykin (above) is confident in his ability to walk with the new prosthetics as he took on a 5K obstacle course on Saturday and plans to complete a 6K race on Sunday
Leykin, who was web developer working in Manhattan, said the moments after his 2018 accident were a blur after he fell unconscious suffering from the brain injury he sustained.
He spent a year at the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, New York, and was using a wheelchair until 2021.
That was a big year for Leykin, who committed himself to walking with short prosthetics.
'I jumped off my wheelchair and I took a couple steps and I fell immediately,' Leykin told the Advocate about his first attempt with the 'stubbies.'
'I got right back up. And I fell. And I got right back up. And I fell.
'And within 15 minutes or 20 minutes, I was walking and not holding on to a