Mother Perseveres After Limb Amputation

By: Kassi Shelley Email
By: Kassi Shelley Email

MONTGOMERY (AP) -- The past few months have shown Jessie Crumpton West the strength she has on the inside. The strength to overcome the amputation of her legs and right arm after she said her uncle threw boiling water on her when he showed up angry at her Montgomery home. And the strength to persevere through 900 staples, 2,000 stitches and 21 prescriptions during the physical healing process. The mother of three would do anything to have it all back -- to be able to run with her children, to reach out and touch their hair as they pass her in her wheelchair. To again be "tea mom" on her son's T-ball team, and "room mom" in the classroom. And to sit in direct sunlight. Still, today, she maintains an unwavering and fulfilling spirit, and an unending appreciation for being alive.


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