‘How I Led Amputees Up Mt Kilimanjaro’ by Mona Patel
Partial transcript from video on the BBC page:
Never let anyone tell you that you cannot do something.
You set your limits.
You set your limitations and never say never
View the video with the interview here:
Mona Patel lost her leg after being hit by a drunk driver. Now she has set up a foundation that supports other amputees.
On a spring day in 1990, Mona Patel was walking to class at Cal Poly University when a drunken driver slammed into her. She was 17.
“I flew up about 12 feet,” Patel said. “And then he pinned me between his car and a metal railing, and that’s what smashed my leg and my foot.”
Patel’s body, and future, were forever altered.
Weeks later, when Patel got out of the ICU, she underwent her first amputation. It was the start of seven years’ worth of surgeries in attempts to salvage the rest of her leg.
Patel went on to earn a bachelor’s and two master’s degrees, and became a social worker.
But along the way, as Patel continued to struggle physically with her disability, she also struggled to find a support group for amputees.
…Today, Patel’s nonprofit, the San Antonio Amputee Foundation, aims to help amputees rebuild their lives.