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Double amputee pushes her limits with donated prosthetics

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LEESBURG, Va. - A 23-year-old college student made the difficult decision to have her legs amputated in order to improve her quality of life.  Now, she's thanking a Leesburg scientist whom she met online for a new lease on life that took her from the wheelchair to living the way she's always dreamed she would.

"It was unbelievable because the doctors were telling me I would never walk," said Lacey Phipps.  

All 23 years of her life, she's been in a wheelchair with two club feet. She was living in excruciating pain, unable to walk. It was impossible for her to have an active life-- but not anymore.  

"Yeah seriously, I do mountain biking, I do rock climbing, I do whitewater kayaking, I play soccer, I do Irish set dance," Lacey said.

To get her dancing shoes on, she made the difficult decision to amputate her legs in hopes a prosthetic would give her a chance to walk. The gamble a success, but then she had a new problem: affording her new legs.

Lacey's insurance would not cover prosthetics, and just when she thought she would be going back to the wheelchair again, she came across a unique post on Facebook.  A husband and wife were looking to donate brand new prosthetics from their clinic.

"She wrote such a heartwarming story about a young lady in a wheelchair-- nobody is cutting her any slack", said John Hattingh with the Prosthetic Care Facility of Virginia.

Lacey got the $30,000 in free services and her new legs from John and his wife. His family business is a one of a kind.  Not only does he help people walk again, but he offers an extensive rehab to mentally get folks back on their feet.  

"The patient flies in and I'm one-on-one with the patient for a whole week. They walk miles while they're here," Hattingh told FOX 5.

Even though Lacey is moving in the right direction, she knows other are still sitting. So now she's making it her mission to raise cash for fellow amputees so they can walk, enjoying their path in life.  

"I do more in one week than most people do in a month," Lacey said. "I don't think I'm handicap anymore and it's pretty exciting."

Lacey is a huge blogger, so if you want to see what she's to up, check out her blog: www.feetareoverrated.blogspot.com.

If you'd like to donate to the fundraising effort, the Go Fund Me account can be found here: http://www.gofundme.com/anh1q0


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