Good Samaritan Who Lost Legs Gets Fitting Gift

Company wants to pay for her prosthetics
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2017 6:54 AM CDT
Good Samaritan Who Lost Legs Gets Fitting Gift
Joshua Ryder hopes to have Danielle Hagmann walking within a year.   (GoFundMe)

A Good Samaritan who lost both her legs while helping a crashed motorist now has one less expense to worry about. Certified prosthetist Joshua Ryder of Island Coast Orthopedics in Lee County, Fla., has offered to donate two prosthetic legs to 30-year-old Danielle Hagmann as soon as she's ready, reports the News-Press. Hagmann, who has five children and no health insurance, lost both her legs in an accident Sunday. While she was assisting at the scene of a crash, a car struck the crashed vehicle, pinning Hagmann against a guardrail. At Lee Memorial Hospital, she had one leg amputated just above the knee and the other at mid-thigh. But, according to Ryder, that's no reason Hagmann shouldn't be up and walking within a year.

Once Hagmann is properly healed, a "shrink sock" can be used to shape her limbs, he says. At that point, he can begin to build two custom artificial limbs, which would normally cost between $13,000 and $85,000, Ryder says. He expects Hagmann—who must wait for an investigation report before seeking treatment funds through auto insurance—could be using the prosthetics to get around within a year. Hagmann's father says he's thankful for donations like Ryder's that have flooded in since Sunday, including to two GoFundMe pages. A church group in Missouri has also offered to pay for a powered wheelchair, per the News-Press. "We intend to reach out and contact all of those [who] made an offer," says Hagmann's dad. (More Good Samaritan stories.)

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