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How did Amy Purdy lose her legs?

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Amy Purdy’s legs were amputated below the knee in 1999 after she contracted bacterial meningitis. Because of the illness, the then 19-year-old had her spleen removed and experienced septic shock, respiratory and organ failure, loss of circulation to her extremities, hemorrhaging in her lungs and adrenal glands, and blood clots.

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Purdy was in a coma for nearly three weeks because of her illness. Two years after getting sick, she received a kidney from her father via transplant surgery. Weeks after her transplant, Amy won three medals in a national snowboarding competition. In 2005, Amy founded the non-profit Adaptive Action Sports for athletes with permanent physical disabilities.

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