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34 surgeries. The last 3 years of my life in pictures

34 surgeries. The last 3 years of my life in pictures

February 9, 2010. On vacation in Boulder, CO. I was getting pants out of the trunk of my friend's car when another car lost control on ice & crushed me in between. I remember thinking 'that wasn't so bad,' but when I looked down my right leg was gone. It was severed & lying underneath the car.

34 surgeries. The last 3 years of my life in pictures

It was a long 20 minutes waiting for an ambulance to get up the canyon. My friends & strangers passing by had tied a tourniquet, then covered me with blankets & jackets. I was on a life flight when these were taken by my friends who were with me.

34 surgeries. The last 3 years of my life in pictures

34 surgeries. The last 3 years of my life in pictures

Front of the car that hit me.

34 surgeries. The last 3 years of my life in pictures

The back of my friend's car that I was hit into

34 surgeries. The last 3 years of my life in pictures

About a week post accident. Efforts were made to reattach, but it was unsuccessful. I was put in a medically induced coma for a week after going into septic shock. It was officially amputated on Valentines Day.

34 surgeries. The last 3 years of my life in pictures

First time out of bed, 2 weeks post accident. 10 surgeries by this time, mostly in reconstructing efforts. My surgeons saved a part of my ankle & grafted it below my knee to give me a chance at not having an above knee amputation.

34 surgeries. The last 3 years of my life in pictures

I was transferred back to a hospital in Utah for 3 weeks of inpatient rehab. Parts of my leg began to die, so I had to go into a hyperbaric chamber 4 hours a day for a couple weeks. Altogether I was initially in the hospital for 6 weeks straight.

34 surgeries. The last 3 years of my life in pictures

Despite treatment,some parts became necrotic, & I was readmitted beginning of April 2010.

34 surgeries. The last 3 years of my life in pictures

After the dead parts were cut off, I used a wound vac between bi-weekly debriding surgeries & daily wound care.

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11 comments for “34 surgeries. The last 3 years of my life in pictures

  1. poNji
    February 19, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Lots and lots of respect for you, OP. Keep up the spirit!

  2. gerbetta33
    February 19, 2014 at 10:43 am

    wow, OP, im glad things turned out as well as they did. keep it up, you look great!

  3. TrueDragon13
    February 19, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I see you’re living up to your name.

  4. Ninoue
    February 19, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Good on you op, but for the ones who find it TL;DR, here is the sum up without the rude pics : It’s been a rough & fun few years 🙂

  5. Heyeveryonecomeseehowgoodilook
    February 19, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Amazing courage and determination OP, I wish you all the best.

  6. llanfairpwllgwyngylgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysilio
    February 19, 2014 at 10:44 am

    wow. well done OP

  7. MissSmith
    February 19, 2014 at 10:44 am

    You win.

  8. UnluckiestSquid
    February 19, 2014 at 10:47 am

    I had my heel reconstructed once, couldn’t take it. LADYBALLS OF STEEL.

  9. mab1223
    February 19, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Don’t know how this could possibly get down voted. You are so incredibly strong! I cannot even imagine. Totally inspiring. Also fight on!

  10. cutekiwi
    February 19, 2014 at 10:48 am

    i must say, as a RN, you are a true fighter and you are a inspirational source for everyone that lost a bodypart. r you in any phantom pain?

  11. UnluckiestSquid
    February 19, 2014 at 10:48 am

    EYYYYYYY

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