A teenage soccer player in Orlando saw her life change two years ago. She was reportedly helping out at a car wash fundraiser with girls on her soccer team when a friend’s foot accidentally stepped on the gas pedal of the vehicle. The car pinned the girl’s lower body against the wall, and as a result of her injuries, she had to undergo a left leg amputation.
For a soccer star, that can be devastating news. But she was determined to push on, and she did not disappoint.
According to FOX Sports Florida’s website, the girl, who was a 17-year-old high school senior at the time of the bizarre accident, decided she wanted a “running” leg to enable her to continue participating in competitive sports. The prosthetic device is catered for running and is easier to use in sports than a typical artificial leg.
She is now a sophomore at Brevard College in North Carolina and has made the soccer team. She’s apparently undergone intensive rehabilitation and hopes to become goalkeeper on her team eventually. She has not played in a game yet, but that’s her goal.
A photo on FOX Sports Atlanta’s website shows her running on her prosthetic leg, kicking the soccer ball. It must seem very far away from her hospital room, where she pledged to come back from her injury.
Source: FOX Sports Atlanta, “Amputee achieves her goal on prosthetic limb,” Sam Gardner, Oct. 6, 2011