Surgeons worked on Anaiah from 1 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Davis says, to try and save a shattered left leg.On Saturday the leg was amputated. The brute force of the accident also broke Anaiah’s right leg, fractured her neck, damaged her spleen and destroyed one kidney.
“I didn’t decide! Hospital decided for me…They all made the decision; I didn’t make no decision on nothin’. I didn’t even see it. All I know is that [my wife] told me that when she came to the hospital they told her that they had to take it off.” --- Male, 67, primary amputation, 12 year post-injury“I was conscious until I got here [to the hospital], but when I got here… from that time I was in a morphine daze for several days. And most of those decisions were being made by my wife.” --- Male, 53, primary amputation, 8 years post-injury“I’m lucky my brother was here for 3 months, I mean he was here like the day after it happened… Because I wasn’t terribly coherent, I mean, it’s not that I wasn’t conscious, I was on a lotta drugs. I had my own little morphine clicker.” --- Female, 56, reconstruction, 8 years post-injury
“I have to say I am happy with the results of the surgery, who my surgeon was. However, the problems …. Mine are not what everybody gets. Some people never have bone spurs, some people never have neuromas. But I do. And why people that have trauma injuries suffer more than pain, I don’t know. Why do we get a bursa? It’s just there. It’s painful. There’s nothing they can do about it.” --- Female, 62, primary amputation, 9 years post-injury“I was kinda angry about it, you know, like why did they have to take my right [latissimus dorsi] one? ‘cause I’m right handed. Like, why couldn’t they take my left? I was really mad about it.” -- Male, 36, reconstruction, 12 years post-injury“No, as of today, sitting here I wouldn’t have changed my decision [to do the reconstruction], but we did second guess it, several times, as we went through the multiple surgeries and everything else that came as a result of that.” --- Male, 41, reconstruction, 10 years post-injury