“I have been told I am a complicated fit, and since being a patient here, I feel more able to walk, function and DANCE.”
It started off as an ordinary day for Regina York. She was headed into work on her motorcycle early one morning when a tractor-trailer ran a red light while making a left-hand turn, and plowed into her. The impact threw her over 2 stop lights.
As a result, she had 27 compound fractures below the knee and her left foot was ripped open from the inside down through her big toe. She also had major internal body injuries, such as a crushed pelvis, C3-C6 neck fractures, ruptured lungs and a broken sternum and ribs.
She spent months in the ICU as doctors tried to save her leg, but eventually she made the decision to have it amputated. Regina then had to undergo multiple surgeries before she was able to walk again. She ended up having to re-learn to walk and bear weight eight different times.
Regina has the distinction of being one of the first patients Matt Bulow treated after opening his own practice, and she describes her time here as a “Godsend.”
“I have been told I am a complicated fit, and since being a patient here, I feel more able to walk, function and DANCE,” she said.
She’s come a long way—especially since for a while, she was told she would never walk again.
“Proving by doing,” she said. “Never giving up.”
Regina encourages other amputees that it can be done, and that they should believe and try.
“My motto is ‘Not dead yet,’” she said.