An unexpected event changed the life of a young Texas mother.
Caitlin Conner, 29, discovered she was four weeks pregnant while receiving urgent treatment after suffering a serious car accident in 2014 while enjoying a summer ride with her boyfriend Jaylon.
Doctors told her that she would need a series of extensive surgeries to save her left leg, but multiple high-risk procedures would put her baby at risk.
The surprise pregnancy meant Caitlin, who is a marketing executive, had to receive minimal anesthesia during the six reconstructive surgeries she underwent to try to save her leg, as well as limited pain medications. However, she decided to have her leg amputated rather than go through more risks.
Connor's partner also did not know that she was pregnant, which meant they had to tell him over the phone while he was recovering in a separate hospital to which he was transferred after suffering the accident.
During her pregnancy, Caitlin was determined to learn to walk again before welcoming her daughter. She learned to take her first steps with a prosthesis, she also found a way to make the process more bearable, doing sports such as paragliding, swimming and cycling.
“As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I had someone else to take care of, so I didn't focus on myself. It was all about the baby. My leg did not define me as a person, but the baby did, "the mother told the Metro UK website.
Caitlin admits that learning to walk with a prosthesis was difficult since her body was changing as her weight fluctuated. Now she plays all kinds of sports and her 5-year-old daughter Tinley is there to support her.