Residence: Cohutta, GA
Prosthetic Donation: Cosmetic below knee prosthesis
Donation Partner: Hanger Clinic, Cartersville, GA
Kathy had just completed her Associate’s degree and was beginning work towards becoming an RN when life pulled a fast one on her. At 49, Kathy was an active lady and, as if school hadn’t kept her busy enough, she was also training to run her first marathon when she twisted a vessel, injuring her calf. What should have been a simple surgery to fix this common athletic injury turned into a nightmare. Experiencing complications, Kathy underwent several more surgeries before switching doctors and discovering she had been the victim of a botched operation. Due to a collapsed stent and infections, Kathy’s leg needed to be amputated below the knee. And as if things couldn’t have gotten worse, by the time she discovered she had been misinformed by the first surgeon regarding the procedures he performed and was ready to file a malpractice suit, it was too late under the state of Tennessee’s laws to sue.