Mother walks again after losing legs in tornado

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by Maggie Ruper

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 2, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 2 at 11:51 PM

(WHAS11) -- There was a major milestone for the Clark County mother who lost both legs after she was injured shielding her children during the March 2 tornadoes.

Stephanie Decker’s legs were crushed by falling debris from her home. Doctors had to amputate a portion of both legs.

On Wednesday, Decker stood up wearing a new prosthetic leg.

“To actually get up and stand again, it’s an overwhelming feeling," said Decker.

Decker credited a positive attitude with her quick recovery.

“It’s not an easy thing to do, but it's something you have to do. So, you have two choices, you can sit in the wheelchair all your life or you can get up and walk, and I firmly believe getting up and walking is the only choice for me,” said Decker.

Decker is being fitted for a prosthetic on her left leg, but it will be a few weeks more because it needs longer to heal.

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