Kristy Wimberly says the amputation has given her more confidence. Picture: Facebook
Kristy Wimberly says the amputation has given her more confidence. Picture: Facebook

Woman amputates ‘ugly’ leg

KRISTY Wimberly, who at age six was diagnosed with a rare spinal cord tumour called astrocytoma, spent most of her life covering up the fact that her right leg was stunted.

She suffered nerve damage during surgeries to remove the tumour, leaving her right leg a full five centimetres shorter than the other, meaning Ms Wimberly was unable to walk without a brace.

The 32-year-old US woman told SWNS about her lifelong struggle and how she was left feeling embarrassed by her "ugly" leg.

The mother of one decided to get her leg amputated in July 2017. Picture: Facebook
The mother of one decided to get her leg amputated in July 2017. Picture: Facebook

"People would make fun of my wheelchair and my crutches and I just desperately wanted to fit in so I would try and hide my disability in any way I could," she said.

Ms Wimberly had 19 surgeries to try and lengthen her leg, and after every procedure she was confined to a wheelchair and crutches for months and plagued with recurrent infections in her wounds caused by the pressure of her brace.

But the wife and mother of one had finally had enough, and decided to get her leg amputated in July 2017.

"Finally making that decision to have my leg cut off was the best thing I ever did. It's totally changed my confidence," she said.

Ms Wimberly is now training for a 193km kayaking and cycling trip. Picture: Facebook
Ms Wimberly is now training for a 193km kayaking and cycling trip. Picture: Facebook

Ms Wimberly now shows off her hi-tech prosthetic limb with confidence.

"I'm so proud of it, and thankful for the new life it's given me," she said.

"When I do wear pants I cut off one of the legs to show off my prosthesis."

Doctors fit Ms Wimberly with a bionic knee, controlled by the weight and movement of her upper leg, which can be operated by her smart phone and can be switched into different modes for activities like running or tennis.

She's started training to cycle and kayak 193km along the Florida coastline this autumn.

Kristy Wimberly has shared “before and after” photos. Picture: Facebook
Kristy Wimberly has shared “before and after” photos. Picture: Facebook

"It's daunting because it's something I would never have been able to do before, but I'm determined," she said.

"I want to make up for those years I missed out on."

This story originally appeared on Fox News and was reproduced with permission.



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