A Canadian mother Amelie Chouinard, of Edmonton in Alberta, Canada, who lost her leg in a horrific accident while stopped on the side of the road during a motorcycle ride said that she’s “grateful” that she survived the ordeal, which nearly ended with her bleeding out in a ditch.
From there, she called her partner Tyler Hrycyk, 25, who was driving nearby with their baby Milo, who was just four months old at the time.
Tyler, who is also a supply technician in the military, tore off a part of his shirt to use as a tourniquet on Amelie’s leg to stop the bleeding.
Chouinard was then flown to the University of Alberta Hospital, and a few days later reality set in that her leg was gone. She was hospitalized for the following two months, meaning she was missing her then-4-month-old son at home.
Amelie said: ‘When the truck hit me, it chopped my leg off right away. ‘The doctor said it looked like I had stepped on a bomb.’
Amelie was riding her motorbike on Highway 897, 20 minutes outside Cold Lake, Alberta, on May 30 when she pulled over to the side of the road to rest at around 7 pm. She said: ‘I have been biking for over five years. It was my passion.
In September, she was fitted with her prosthetic leg and started physical therapy to build up the strength she had lost while hospitalized. While she can now walk with the help of a cane, she has set her sights on returning to leading an active life.
“We are going to order a microprocessor knee,” she told. “It has sensors and it makes it easier to move around. Then later, I’ll probably get a blade to go running.”