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November 26, 2012

Artists craft a fundraiser for Amesbury's Paige Fortin

AMESBURY — It’s been a grueling two months for Paige Fortin, the 18-year-old Amesbury teen who is still recovering from the scooter accident in which she lost her leg and nearly lost her life.

On Sept. 15, Paige was struck by a truck while she was riding a scooter with her boyfriend in Haverhill. The impact knocked Paige 50 feet down the road. After being Medflighted to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, her doctors described the injuries she sustained to her leg as the worst they had ever seen.

Paige has endured over a half-dozen surgeries since then, and her leg had to be amputated from the knee down. She has been steadily recovering since then; and while she still has a long way to go, she is now back home with her family.

“She will probably have to undergo additional surgery on the flap and additional skin grafts before fitting for a prosthetic leg can begin,” said Becky Pelletier, a family friend of the Fortins. “But she remains upbeat through most of it, and she continues to inspire everyone around her.”

As part of her recovery, Paige is making weekly trips to Boston and Foxboro to see her team of doctors and surgeons, and she has a nurse visit her home daily to help with wound care and cleaning, Pelletier said. The family also received a therapy cat named Elliott from Heart Song Himalayan and Persian Cattery in Maine last week.

Since the accident, the Fortin family has received a tremendous outpouring of support from friends, family members, people in the community and from total strangers. A group on Facebook called “Let’s Help Paige Fortin,” created shortly after the accident, has over 7,350 likes, and numerous fundraisers have been held across the region to support Paige and her family.

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