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Adapt, overcome, soldier on: An amputee’s message to the world during COVID-19

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Local woman walking 82-days after leg amputated

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - A local Yuma woman isn’t allowing anything to get in the way of her living her life.

Quarantine isn’t stopping Megan Elie from getting out of bed every morning.

“My goal was just to get up and move around, I have used my knee scooter. I have never wanted to be in a wheelchair," said Elie.

A year ago, Elie was plagued by a series of foot and bone infections stemming from diabetes.

In 2019, she had 12 surgeries.

As she jokingly says, she’d rather be a pirate with a pegleg than to continue going under the knife.

Elie said, “I was ready to get my life back."

On February 6, she had her leg amputated.

Doctors initially estimated Elie wouldn’t be on a prosthetic until 8-months post-op.

However, this single mom’s goal was to be walking before her daughters returned home from their dad's home in texas in 90-days.

“My girls are my life. It's so important that they see me do things because they’re looking at me. They’re watching me. I'm they’re role model,” Elie said.

She hit her goal in 82-days, saying, "You can be sad about things in life or you can turn them into a positive.”

This journey has taught her to adapt and overcome, a lesson she hopes we all learn from this COVID-19 pandemic.

“Sometimes in life, we have to pause and reflect on what's going on in our lives. But then you’ve got to soldier on. Just because there are bad things going on in the world or just because there are things that may be scary that doesn’t mean that you need to stop your life.”

Elie will be getting her final prosthetic leg on Wednesday.

She says she can't wait to return to work as a security guard.

News / Yuma County

Aziza Shuler

Aziza Shuler joined KYMA in March 2019 wearing many hats including the newest anchor and producer for FOX 9, as well as a multi-media journalist for KYMA.

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