Following a catastrophic accident, accident victims can be left with harrowing decisions such as whether to try to save a baldy-damaged limb or go through amputation. This is exactly the decision that a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing was faced with.
The 38-year-old had been at a bar on Boylston Street when the first bomb went off. The woman immediately was thrown to the ground by the blast and soon realized that her foot had been badly injured. People around her carried the woman to safety and she was immediately taken to a hospital.
The woman underwent multiple surgeries and then her doctors gave her a choice: She could either keep trying to save her badly damaged foot or she could elect to have it amputated below the knee. Accepting that it was unlikely that her foot would ever be repaired, the woman decided to go with the amputation.
The woman, who is a runner and participates in aerobics and Zumba classes, said she told her doctor she was disappointed that she wouldn’t get to try yoga paddleboarding this summer. The doctor replied that she shouldn’t worry because she’d get a chance to try it next summer.
Today, advanced prosthetics allow amputees to do most of the things that they were able to do before their accidents. It is possible to run, jump and operate a motor vehicle with limb replacements. Of course, adjusting to life with a prosthetic limb does take an immense amount of patience and effort.
The Boston victim said she thinks her positive attitude will help get her through it.
“This is the situation I’m faced with, it’s not going to change. For me to dwell on the negative is kind of a waste of time for me,” she said.
Source: Los Angeles Times, “Boston victim opts for amputation, sees better life with prosthetic,” Seema Mehta, April 25, 2013