Victims Learn to Live with Post-Accident Amputations
A 16-year-old aspiring soldier survived a harrowing car accident as he waited for his daily bus ride to Battle Ground High School. The collision occurred when a driver lost control of her car, drove into a ditch and then traveled another 100 yards before crashing into a fence. Along the way she hit the Junior ROTC member whom no one noticed until a tow truck driver heard his faint pleas for help over an hour later. Air lifted to a nearby hospital, the boy’s life was saved, but not his right leg.
Amputation: a last resort that saves lives
While the cause of the accident remains unknown, one thing is clear: the amputation that it necessitated will forever change the course of this young victim’s life. In cases such as this, doctors resort to amputation to prevent even worse health outcomes. Specifically, infected limbs can lead to life-threatening conditions that seriously impede chances for survival. Additionally, in certain cases amputation permits doctors to save the remaining functionality of a damaged limb.
Young amputation victims bounce back
Unfortunately, the boy is not alone, as just last winter another promising young student lost her leg to amputation after a crash punctured her floorboard causing her left leg to be de-gloved, a term doctors use to refer to the removal of skin and tendons in traumatic accidents. This young woman has found her way back to health, and has even rejoined her college volleyball team with the help of an advanced prosthetic. Whether the Battle Ground teen will be able to fulfill his dreams to serve in the armed services remains to be seen.
Amputation victims shouldn’t sell themselves short
As the cases above illustrate, young victims may be able to recover and enjoy life. Prospects for older victims may not be as bright, as the ability to adapt to diminished capacities becomes more difficult with age. Regardless of a victim’s stage in life, he or she may be entitled to compensation for severe injuries suffered. A tough car accident lawyer with amputation expertise is imperative in such cases.
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