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April 30, 2013

Amesbury woman recovers from life-changing accident

Amesbury teen recovering from life-changing accident


Beyond the damage Fortin suffered on her right leg, she also suffered a broken femur, broken ribs, a bruised lung and some road rash. Amazingly, she did not suffer any head trauma, a fact she attributes to her having been wearing a motorcycle helmet at the time.

Regardless, the injuries rendered Fortin unable to do anything on her own, and Page said it was like she was a newborn again.

“She stood for the first time, she walked for the first time, she went to the bathroom on her own for the first time,” Page said. “It was a humbling experience.”

The months following the accident did not go smoothly. Fortin endured seven surgeries along with two clean-up procedures after the accident, but her recovery was laced with setbacks. Her wound kept getting infected, and her father, Mike Fortin, probably put it best in October when he described the process as a one step forward, two steps back situation.

In spite of that, Page said her daughter’s positive attitude never wavered throughout the process, and added that the outpouring of support from the Amesbury community after the accident was unbelievable. Fortin said she got letters and gifts in the mail daily for five months after the accident, people cooked meals for the family through Christmas Day and beyond, people would constantly message the family to see how she was doing.

Eventually a Facebook page called “Lets Help Paige Fortin” was set up to keep supporters up to speed on Fortin’s recovery. That page has now been liked nearly 8,000 times and each individual post routinely garners hundreds of likes on its own.

There have also been dozens of fundraisers to benefit Fortin and her family, and to date over $40,000 has been raised to help pay for her medical bills.

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