Colorado woman donates lost limb to good cause

Posted at 12:08 PM, Jul 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-30 14:08:58-04

A climbing accident two years ago left Tracy Hickey with a decision most would have trouble making.

In May 2016, Hickey was climbing Devil’s Tower in Wyoming.

"We were finishing a climb. We were rappelling down," she recalls. "Long story short, there was a rope mishap and human error."

She fell 40 feet. Her right foot slammed into the rock, shattering her talus bone.

Doctors told her they could fuse her foot to her lower leg or amputate.

She chose to lose the leg, which would allow her more mobility with a prosthesis.

Where her leg would end up, she never thought to ask, until a friend did.

"She Facebooked me and said, ‘So sorry about your surgery. I have kind of a bizarre question for you. Would you consider donating your limb?’" Hickey says.

Not for science, but for search and rescue.

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