SURVIVING A LANDSLIDE: MY JOURNEY AS AN AMPUTEE.
My name is Lucila and I write from Argentina. In January of this year, 2023, I suffered a very serious accident, which almost cost me my life. While doing the most beautiful activity, mountain trekking, unexpectedly a landslide of water, rocks, and trees dragged me for 200 meters. At times I thought I was going to die, but here I am. I fought very hard to save my life, I had to swim with a very bruised leg, bleeding from the other leg. The stones had destroyed my left leg below the knee. My boyfriend saved my life by taking me to a safe place until the rescuers arrived. From the first moment, I felt a lot of gratitude for being alive and from the second I woke up from the coma, I lived every day with enthusiasm. On June 15, I received the long-awaited prosthesis, and two months later I was learning to run. Today, 10 months after the accident, I am living a totally normal and independent life. I do not regret what happened to me and I do not look for the reason. What I do look for is my purpose. I hope my story can inspire the amputees who suffer their reality and give them strength to move on. I met the most empathetic community of all 10 months ago and I am proud to be part of it.