Me & My Metal Leg
On July 9, 2010, I lost half of my right leg at 3 inches below the knee. I was the lead night crew bailer at a recycling plant, and due to faulty equipment the machine started itself while I was inside the chamber. To date, almost 100 people have died from direct impact with a horizontal bailing ram, and I am only the fourth person in the world to have ever survived such an accident, and one of only two who are still alive today. The other two eventually succumbed to their injuries in the years following their accidents.
In the seven years since my accident, my life has returned as close to normal as it can. While I still have issues regarding my accident, more mental than physical, I'm thankful that I'm here today.