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Hope And Healing: Life After An Amputation

Intermountain Healthcare
"My right leg was almost completely torn off."

Hiking in the Utah mountains, Casey Hunter slipped and fell down a steep snowy incline and boulder patch. With his leg hanging and patched together with a make-shift tourniquet, he crawled up the mountain, found the cell phone he had dropped in the fall, and called his wife, Amy. A Life Flight hoist team rescued him from the slope. 

In spite of multiple surgeries and an amputation, Casey says his life is better as a result of the experience. “I've been through a lot, a lot, and I don't feel there's anything I can't overcome. I feel like it's made me a better person. I wouldn't change what happened to me for anything.”

Support for programming on Utah Public Radio comes from Intermountain Healthcare, a Utah-based not-for-profit system of 23 hospitals, 160 clinics, 2,400 employed doctors and advanced practice providers, a health plans group under the name SelectHealth, and other medical services.