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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) – As a nurse, Lisa Wallace was used to helping others, but now she’s the one in need of help after nearly losing her life in a car accident on I-75 in March.
At the scene of the accident, Wallace lost her left arm and severely injured both legs. Even then, her first instinct was to help the people around her. She pulled out of her car and helped other accident victims until she passed out from blood loss. She was then taken to UF Health Shands, the hospital where she used to work.
“You had to go through the stages of grief, and some stages took a little longer, but eventually I decided that I wanted not only to live but to thrive,” said Wallace.
After two months of operations, physiotherapy and recovery in the hospital, she returned home on time for her daughter’s third birthday.
“The whole time I was in the hospital, I said, ‘Do you think I’ll be home by May 2nd? “And they said, ‘It’s unlikely, but maybe by miracle that could happen,” said Wallace.
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She said she would not have made it to this point without the support of family, friends, and complete strangers. Thousands of people have come together to support them, from donating to their GoFundMe page to hosting blood drives, baking sales, and much more.
“I’m used to taking care of others so it is a little harder to get help, but there has been a lot of love and support from everyone in the community,” said Wallace.
Now she is looking forward to her next chapter and is counting down the days until she can be equipped for prosthetics so that she can work again.
“I want to start breastfeeding again and help mothers and babies. I loved my job, it was amazing. “
Until then, she will find new ways to keep doing what she loves most.
“I have friends who recently had babies and they are struggling, so I’m like ‘call me, grab it, I’d love to help’. I have this time so I would love to use it in a positive way and help others, ”Wallace said.
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