OTHERS

12 Year Anniversary of Losing My Lower Limb

Amputee

Aderonke Sarah

Grateful for only Losing My Lower Limb

I am strong, energetic, brave, intelligent, goal-getter, selfless and resilient. Exactly 12 years ago (19/4/2006) I embarked on a trip from northern Nigeria to Western Nigeria to attend a marriage ceremony of a close friend. On my return, I was involved in a road traffic accident due to reckless driving by our personal driver. Thanks to God, the accident claimed my lower limb but not my life. After undergoing 2 major surgeries and traction to reset my broken tie. In the beginning I was bitter, full of sorrow, pained and tearful. 

Day after day, I imagined an instant miracle that would restore my beautiful leg, but that never happened in the 90 days I spent in the hospital bed under terrible conditions as my family and friends had to provide all the necessary things for my comfort. At that time I wished for a better country that care for the well-being of its citizens. I can’t describe the horrible experience on the day of my fitting. I went completely mad. I can tell you the first year was not palatable as I got to adjust and face what life offers me. Abuse of my leg, rejection, disappointment and bad prosthetic were things I learn to cope with. Today I am what God has called me to be. I am grateful to God for the journey so far. Although I’m still working very hard to reach my goals and become a better person.

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