Mum’s first step to bright future
ANY doubts Shona Muckert had about undergoing osseointegration implant surgery were washed away on Wednesday when she walked for the first time in 10 years.
"It was a huge decision to make," Ms Muckert said.
"When you are the single mother of a little boy, you want to make sure you made the decision for the right reasons.
"But I definitely know I made the right choice."
The double amputee finished the last of three surgeries last week at Macquarie University Hospital in Sydney.
Since then, Ms Muckert has been learning how to use her new legs with the help of physiotherapists and hospital staff.
"I can't just put on a leg and start walking again," Ms Muckert said.
"I need to train the muscles to do what they need to do."
She successfully worked herself up to walking by gradually putting extra weight on the artificial legs until they could cope with her body weight - a process called loading.
The first unassisted walk lasted just a few moments, but for the determined mum it was her first step to living a more mobile and independent life.
"I will probably never be able to run," she said.
"But I will look forward to walking outside my house and down the main street."
Walking was something Ms Muckert feared she may never achieve and the milestone accomplishment marked the end of a very busy 18 months of fundraising, planning and surgery.
She was surprised at just how far the Murgon community had supported her quest and how quickly $70,000 was raised for the osseointegration surgery.
"It's a community that gets in and supports each other when someone is in need," Ms Muckert said.