Double amputee gets new legs after train accident
PLANTATION, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida woman who lost both of her legs in a train accident is receiving a new chance at life.
Cheryl Risse has always been an avid jogger. However, her life was forever changed after a frantic accident in 2008.
Risse is now a double amputee. She lost both of her legs in a jogging accident when a train severed them in Pompano Beach. "I was running that day, and all of a sudden, I looked down, and my legs were gone," said Risse.
The accident changed Risse's life. She's now a mother to 19-month-old Connor. "I can't be walking like I'm 65 anymore, you know, I want to go I need to be able to chase him," she said. "If I don't have him in a stroller, or if I don't put him down because of the fear that he's gonna run away and mommy is not going to be there to catch him."
Now, specialists at Around and About, a prosthetic clinic in Plantation, is giving Risse new legs and a new chance at life so she can do almost anything. "It wasn't till I got the C-Leg, which I'm wearing now that I really started to get around and get active," said Risse.
Risse said it's a challenge and wouldn't trade it for the world. "I would never go back, but if I had the chance to go back, I wouldn't because the person that I've become today is so much better then the person that I was before," she said.
Risse said it is a miracle that she's alive and is ready to make the most of it. "I want to be back on that asphalt and just cruise and get that feeling that I use to get," said Risse.
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