Paralympian Amy Purdy is grateful she will be able to stroll — and dance with Derek Hough — once more after a significant well being scare.
“After injuring my leg 4 years in the past and enduring 10+ surgical procedures, I had no concept if I’d ever stroll snug once more, not to mention dance once more,” Purdy, 43, wrote by way of Instagram on Saturday, October 14. “And tonight, not solely did I stroll into the theater however I danced once more with my buddy & DWTS associate @derekhough ❤️.”
Purdy shared a video of her dancing with a shirtless Hough, 38, as he practiced for his Symphony of Dance tour. The pair beforehand competed collectively in the course of the 18th season of DWTS in 2014 and completed in second place.
“Life is such a journey or as Derek says ‘life is a symphony!’” Purdy continued in her caption on Saturday, praising the “proficient, artistic and passionate” Hough, who at present serves as a decide on the ballroom dance present. “Let this be a reminder that no matter you’re going by, maintain going!”
In February 2019, Purdy developed a “large blood clot” and was compelled to decide on between saving her kidney or her leg.
“I went from snowboarding 6 hours a day, figuring out & touring the world to what I believed was only a easy mechanical subject with my left leg,” she wrote by way of Fb on the time. “Once I entered the hospital this weekend with my leg cramping we came upon that it’s a a lot greater downside [than] that.”
She continued, “Due to how lively I’m in my prosthetics sporting them 12-18 hours a day, I’ve developed an enormous blood clot from my hip to the underside of my leg. The diagnoses got here yesterday & knocked my household & I to the ground bodily, mentally & emotionally. We imagine the clot got here from the strain of my prosthetic urgent behind my knee the place many arteries lie.”
The athlete went on to clarify that the surgical procedure was difficult as a result of the “distinction dye within the procedures” may affect her kidney transplant.
At age 19, Purdy was hospitalized with meningococcal meningitis and septic shock, which resulted within the elimination of her spleen and each kidneys. Her legs had been amputated under the knee. One 12 months later, Purdy obtained a kidney donation from her father. Regardless of her bodily setbacks, Purdy began snowboarding after receiving prosthetic legs and competed within the Paralympic Video games. She gained a bronze medal within the 2014 competitors and a silver medal in 2018.
Purdy’s 2019 surgical procedure “went effectively,” she shared by way of social media on the time.
“We’re additionally checking my kidney this morning to verify it dealt with all the pieces effectively,” she wrote. “That they had to make use of distinction however promised me it was a small quantity so fingers crossed that my kidney powered by just like the powerhouse it’s.”
She continued, “I’ve some therapeutic forward of me however couldn’t be extra grateful to really feel the love and assist behind me.”