Local Trenna Anderson has lived almost her entire life with one leg, but is hoping a revolutionary operation will help her get back on her feet.
Ms Anderson was born prematurely at 30 weeks gestation at just 950 grams, she had multiple complications – most significant of all a blood clot in her right leg.
Because of this blood clot, doctors were forced to amputate Trenna’s right leg above the knee in order to save her life.
Ms Anderson is now 27 years old, and has been unable to find a prosthetic leg which is comfortable for her to use.
However that could all be about to change, thanks to osseointegration – a new surgery which will involve inserting a modern, synthetic limb into the bone where she had her leg amputated.
Ms Anderson is hoping to have the surgery within the next six months – she will be required to travel to Sydney for the operation.
“It would be life-changing to have a fully function leg, it will be something that I’d have to get used to,” she said.
“I have tried out several prosthetic legs but they were never really comfortable because my stump is too high up – I’m hoping this surgery will be the one that works.”
Ms Anderson said she ‘didn’t know what to expect’ but was hopeful that the surgery would work out for the better.
“If it works I can live a better life, I would also be able to get a job,” she said.
She discovered the surgery through Whyalla Orthotics and was recommended as a good candidate for the procedure by Professor Munjed Al Muderis.
The Anderson family is also hoping to raise some funds in order to help cover the expenses involved with Trenna’s constant travel to Sydney for treatment, as well as medical bills.
If you would like to donate to the family, you can online at https://au.gofundme.com/trennas-chance.