The story is set in the mid-1980's in the UK. I have a character - male, mid thirties, very fit and active - and I need him to sustain an injury which severely incapacitates him. Also the treatment for this injury needs to involve pioneering surgery that's not available in the UK, but would be at great expense in the US. My initial thoughts were some kind of eye injury, or ligament damage, but despite my attempts to track down dates and comparisons, I'm not having much luck.
Any ideas? I'm open to suggestions of any injury, or even illness.