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Week of Thanks: Susie D'Aurora

Susie D'Aurora is living what she calls her “new normal” after a near death experience in June 2011.
November 27, 2013 - We are in the midst of flu season, and you need to know that a bad case of the flu can change your life forever.

Our Week of Thanks on JET24 continues.

Susie D'Aurora is living what she calls her “new normal” after a near death experience in June 2011.

She came down with flu like symptoms, became severely dehydrated, had irregular breathing and went into septic shock at the hospital.

"I was in an induced coma for three and a half weeks,” Susie said. “My family was told I wasn't going to survive because the survival rate is very slim."

Her blood pressure dropped and cut off circulation to her hands and feet leading to a below the knee double amputation.

"My hands came back, with lots of hard work, but my feet were affected within just two weeks of time so they flew me to Pittsburgh and they did save my life," she said.

Susie went from an active lifestyle of playing tennis and spending time with her family to months spent in hospitals and therapy.

It was an uphill climb to get to where she is today.

From a wheel chair, to a walker, to using a cane, Susie is adapting to her new prosthetics that allow her to walk and even ride a bike.

Susie counts her blessings every day and says she is thankful to be celebrating another Thanksgiving with her family.

"I am grateful,” she said. “Very thankful to be alive, sometimes I say ok, why, but I really am grateful to continue to be a wife and a mother."

Now that Susie has her prosthetic legs, she tells me she just wants to be able to dance at her children's weddings.
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