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Erie Amputee Understands Plight of Marathon Bombing Victims

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It will be a long road to recovery for those who lost limbs in the Boston marathon bombing. Erie's Susie D'Aurora, a double amputee herself understands that more than most. We first introduced you to her last year as a local "Spirit of Courage" award winner. And she does have courage.   Since then, she's received bionic ankles and is continuing to progress.   Her goal is to walk without assistance and she demonstrated that on a walk with our news crew.

Susie and her team know it's a challenging road ahead for the Boston amputees.   "I wish I could go there and be a part of their team and help them mentally, emotionally and physically," said D'Aurora.   In order to move forward, Susie said she would ask the Boston amputees to say four words, "I can do it."

Tammie McElhinny is Susie's prosthetist.   Her team at Bay City Ortho Care worked to fabricate the double amputee's high tech prosthesis and her "bionic" ankles.   But according to McElhinny, it's how Susie puts them to use and her outlook that has made her recovery so successful. "That is why she's made progress, because she hasn't felt sorry for herself," said McElhinny.   "She gets up everyday, puts her prosthesis on goes to the gym, keeps appointments with me and she wants to do it."

Family support is critical to recovery too.   According to D'Aurora, "Family members need to be patient with them and treat them as normal as they can and just try to understand their new world."  D'Aurora is a member of the Amputee Coalition of America.   The group has a website www.amputee-coalition.org and a facebook page where people can share and provide support to others adjusting to a loss of limbs.

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