Shoes high up on Shona's wish list
BIAMPUTEE Shona Muckert is looking forward to buying shoes again.
In May 2004 Ms Muckert was crushed by a vehicle following a car accident and pinned for 10 hours, leaving surgeons no choice but to amputate both her legs.
In August last year she launched a campaign to raise $70,000 for implant surgery.
And after 10 years, 12 operations and a year of fundraising, the Murgon mother will finally be able to walk again.
"I am excited that I will be able to buy shoes and handbags again," she said.
"I haven't needed shoes or a handbag since."
The first stage of surgery is scheduled for today and when Ms Muckert wakes up she will have a right leg again.
But the second stage of the operation, attaching an implant to her left leg, will be more difficult with just 4cm of the femur bone left.
A specialised hydraulic knee will be built into the left leg to allow natural movement and accounts for most of the funding needed for the two operations.
Ms Muckert is feeling excited about shoes, but as the date draws closer her emotions are mixed.
"I am feeling a little bit more nervous than excited right now," she said.
"The risk of infection can be quite high with this kind of operation.
"I am just nervous that I am making the right decision for (my three-year-old son) Quinn.