Saturday 10 December 2016

‘She just wants some normality again’ - Fundraiser for Irish woman who lost both legs

Published 04/10/2016 | 20:01

Bridget said she wants to be able to do normal things like drive to the shop
Bridget said she wants to be able to do normal things like drive to the shop

An Irish woman who had both legs amputated is pleading for "some normality" as she fundraises for a wheelchair-adapted car.

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Bridget Evans from Glenealy, Co Wicklow contracted an infection in her leg that spread causing her to need a double leg amputation.

Bridget’s cousin Natalie Duffy got in touch with Independent.ie on Facebook to say Bridget’s life has “changed dramatically” since the operation.

“In August of 2015, she received the news that infection had spread to the other leg and the emergency surgery was necessary in order to save her life. During surgery, the consultants were anxious as to whether they would be able to stop the spread in time and she was in a critical condition and spent 12 days in the intensive care unit.

“Thankfully she came through the other side. Her life has changed dramatically and has a carer to assist her in her daily life,” Natalie told Independent.ie.

Bridget who is now wheelchair bound is “determined to get some quality of life back”.

Bridget has remained positive after having both legs amputated
Bridget has remained positive after having both legs amputated

“She would love to start driving again. Unfortunately she doesn’t have the money to buy a car adapted for those with disabilities,” said Natalie.

Glenealy Tidy Towns Association started a fundraising campaign to raise €3,000 to adapt Bridget’s car so she can drive.

Despite losing both legs, Natalie said that Bridget has remained positive through her ordeal.

“Bridget always has a smile on her face and will always stop and talk to anybody she meets whilst on her trips down to the local shop in her wheelchair.

“She is determined to gain some sort of normality in her life and would like to resume driving. Being able to drive again is Bridget's biggest wish.”

You can donate to Bridget’s cause here

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