A 21-year old model from Florida was all set to conquer the fashion industry when she contracted COVID-19. She had to have both her legs amputated. Claire Bridges was fully vaccinated. However, she still contracted the virus.
“My symptoms were my legs. They just wouldn’t work, and I couldn’t really get out of bed,” Bridges said.
She was taken to Tampa General Hospital where her condition worsened.
Because of complications from the virus, blood flow to Bridges’ legs was restricted. Doctors were forced to amputate Bridges’ legs.
“My heart stopped three times. And I didn’t know what was going on. I didn’t know I had coded, I just knew I collapsed,”Bridges was born with congenital heart disease.
Although it was hard to believe she would lose her legs at any rate, Bridges managed to find humor in her situation.
“There’s only one way to look at it. I’m gonna lose my legs, so might as well get bionic ones,” Bridges said.
She posted about her two-month stay at the hospital via social media. Last week, she was able to travel home to celebrate her birthday. She wore a beautiful tiara, and enjoyed the company of her friends and family.
“I have my days, and it has been a hard adjustment for everybody, just because it’s so different and we never expected it, but we’re grateful,” Bridges said.
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