After a week-long honeymoon in Gatlinburg, Tenn., 31-year-old Tasha Bradford and her new husband made their return home on the morning of Oct. 19, 2013. The newlyweds were driving in the early hours along Interstate 85 near La Grange, Ga., when their car was involved in an accident. Tasha’s husband was pronounced dead on the scene, and Tasha was airlifted in critical condition to Grady Hospital in Atlanta, Ga.
The emergency room staff cited Tasha’s severe injury to her right leg, which required an immediate above-knee amputation. Abdominal injuries also needed critical attention, calling for the removal of a portion of her colon.
About five weeks later, Tasha was transferred to HealthSouth Emerald Coast Rehabilitation Hospital, Nov. 27, 2013. She worked with her therapy team, nurses and physicians to begin a painful and emotionally challenging recovery. Yet, Tasha persevered, making great progress during her initial HealthSouth stay and was discharged home after 15 days.
Tasha was later re-admitted to HealthSouth on March 10, 2014, for prosthetic ambulation training after being fitted with her prosthetics. HealthSouth Emerald Coast Medical Director Michael Hennigan, M.D., was impressed with Tasha’s “outstanding” work.
“Tasha got to a point where she was walking and looking so well with long pants on that you may not know she was wearing a prosthetic device.”
Throughout her ordeal, Tasha always kept a positive attitude.
“I feel blessed,” Tasha says, “and I know God has a plan for me.”