Laura Henry was making her way to bed very late one night. As she scooted across the floor, she whacked her right foot into the leg of a wooden chair in her home. She figured the pain would go away, but when it didn’t, she knew something was very wrong.
“I started losing sensation and it started getting numb,” Laura explains in the video below posted on March 8, 2017.
She went to an urgent care facility and then a foot specialist in order to care for her broken pinky toe. She remembered that her fingers and toes had been tingling for a while before she stubbed her pinky toe, but she didn’t think much of it.
Her doctors were unable to find a pulse in the 48-year-old mom’sfoot, so she was sent to Dr. Catalin Harbuzariu, a limb preservation specialist. In a strange turn of events, he revealed that Laura had Peripheral Artery Disease and her blood wasn’t flowing properly from her heart through the lower half of her body.
He says, “It starts with a small wound, and then it’s a gradual progression over a few weeks or months, and something that started really small ends up into something that leads to an amputation.”
Laura went under the knife, despite her fear of surgery and came out feeling thankful.
“I would never know I had compromised arteries if I hadn’t broken my toe. I’m back in shoes and I’m walking outside, so i feel really good,” Laura gushes.
As strange as it was, a stubbed pinky toe might have helped Laura avoid an amputation and quite possibly saved her life.
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