Woman’s Battle to Save Her Leg after Motorcycle Accident

Woman’s Battle to Save Her Leg after Motorcycle Accident


The following program contains graphic images that may be disturbing. Parents are advised that these images may not be suitable for young children. [Upbeat Music] At 38 her life was turned up-side down after getting hit by an SUV while riding a motorcycle. She endured 34 surgeries to save her leg from amputation and was diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome, also known as the suicide disease. Mindset coach, motivational speaker, and the author of “True Grit and Grace”, Amberly Lago is joining us now. So good to have you Amberly. Thank you, thanks for having me. Sitting here looking at you, thinking about all that you’ve been through to be sitting in that chair is, is remarkable. Can you just take us back to that day when your life changed forever, what happened? I was on my way home from work and a SUV shot out of a parking lot, I was on my motorcycle. I was t-boned and was thrown in the air, about 30 feet, slid down the asphalt, and when I finally came to a stop, the first thing I did was look down at my leg and it was just broken into pieces, and blood was everywhere and thankfully someone came and made a tourniquet around my leg because my femoral artery was severed and I, you can bleed out pretty quickly from that. So I was rushed to the hospital and put in induced coma and when I woke up is when they told me that they were gonna have to amputate my leg, that I had a 1% chance of saving it, and that’s when I thought, “Well, at least there’s a chance, there’s a chance,” and so we found a doctor. So… (audience clapping) I mean, Amberly that speaks so much to your incredibly positive attitude. I mean that 1% to you was a sliver of hope. What other kind of injuries did you have? Walk us through how you got from there to here today. Well it took 34 surgeries to save it, so it was a day of surgery, a day of recovery, a day of surgery, and… Looking at your leg right there, Wow. I am absolutely floored that you were able to save it. I mean look at that and so, carry on but I mean it doesn’t take a doctor to look at that leg to know that you were in dire straits there. Well you know I had an amazing doctor, his name’s Doctor Wiss, and he, I ended up breaking some titanium in my leg once I was up and recovering and he had to do a 10 hour surgery on my leg, and you know a lot of doctors would have been like, “Oh well”, you know, “We tried. We couldn’t get that rod through your leg,”, but he did a 10 hour surgery to save it, and… Good for, good for your doctor. [Audience Clapping] Thank you, he’s amazing.

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