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October 30, 2013

Quadruple amputee regains independence after tornado-related illness

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. —

A nonprofit group, March2Recovery, helped pay for adaptations to a new home for Aker, in nearby Jeffersonville, Ind. Doors were widened, the stove was lowered and the bathroom was modified, all to make it easier for Aker to get around her house.

Aker said the help she got from many others allowed her receive the biggest gift — her independence.

"When I first woke up, I immediately wondered how I would do anything," Aker said. "I had my own house, had a garden, raised chickens ... I saw all of that slipping away and I wondered if the rest of my life would be in a nursing home in a wheelchair.

"I just did not ever think I would see this again. To raise my kids and have my grandkids stay with me, and to see myself getting back to that stage is just miraculous, it really is."

Details for this story were reported by The News and Tribune in Jeffersonville, Ind.

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