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April 30, 2013

Amesbury woman recovers from life-changing accident

Amesbury teen recovering from life-changing accident

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She also hopes she can be of some help to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings who had amputations themselves, but Fortin and Page each said they remember what it was like at that stage in the process and would prefer not to be intrusive.

In the meantime, Fortin’s most immediate concerns are her continued recovery, regaining her driver’s license and getting a new car. She is also back at work at both Flatbread Co. and Culinarium, where she works part-time when her physical therapy schedule allows.

At this point, Fortin says her new leg has basically become her new normal, and it feels like she was born that way. The new prosthetic even brings some benefits of its own: She joked that her new plastic foot is prettier than her natural one, and said she can still to wear flip flops and high heels. She can even still paint her toenails.

“I like it more than my other leg actually,” Fortin said. “Who wouldn’t want that? I think it’s pretty cool.”

Fortin still can’t run yet — the best she can manage at this point is an awkward, fast-moving limp — but she said she’s going to keep working at it and hopes to reach a point where she can run 5Ks and other road races in the near future.

But until then, just being able to walk again is good enough after everything she’s been through.

“It’s been seven months without it, and I said when I got it that I’d appreciate every step I took,” Fortin said. “So I have.”

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