At the age of 16, on the 10 Feb 1982, just eight days after her birthday, Debi Hume was the victim of a hit and run accident involving a motorbike. Her leg ended up in the wheel on her bike at a 90 degree angle, hanging on by a thread.
She spent two lots of three months in hospital in traction, above knee cast, two skin grafts, one bone graft and had her ankle frozen. She had no help from the outside and her main support person, her mum, was her rock. Debi's mum came to the hospital every morning after getting Debi's brother off to school, then helped to bathe, dress and feed Debi. She then headed back home to feed the family and back again to the hospital to look after Debi before finally heading home about 10pm. Debi's mum did this for three months solid, twice!! She hardly left Debi's side and has continued to be her rock - without her mum, Debi doesn't know what would have happened or how she would have coped.
Debi had to fight for crutches and a wheelchair, she had no physio and no outside help at home while recovering from her accident.
Finally, in 1992, nearly ten years after the hit and run, Debi decided to have her leg amputated. By this time, her son was three years old and she had been to hell and back dealing with the pain and limited mobility of her injured leg whilst looking after a baby. She wished the leg had been amputated at the time of the accident, but being a young woman she presumes the surgeons wanted to try and keep her leg for looks more than mobility. She felt that having her leg amputated was like a weight had been lifted from her shoulders.
Debi has never let having one leg hold her back. She gets frustrated and has her bad days from time to time but just gets on with it. Whether it's being determined or just plain stubborn, nothing stops her from getting on with life.
She finds using crutches a pain, so she either uses her wheelchair or crawls if she doesn't have her leg on and she has never been a fan of footwear. She has had many limbs over the years and trusts her prosthetist. With his recommendations she is currently wearing her most comfortable set-up yet.
Debi has travelled overseas (though she finds going through customs a pain), she has bungy-jumped, rock climbed, worked full time as a retail manger and finds swimming without her leg the most amazing feeling, as you are lighter in the water. Snorkeling is also a lot easier with one leg. Debi was also chosen to take part on an outward-bound course, but hasn't completed it... yet.