By NATASHA DONN
Happy || She’s back on her feet! After the horrors of a year which saw her contemplating four walls as she sat recovering from a double amputation, brave young mum Pathy Nascimento is out in the big wide world.
A ‘star’ pupil at physiotherapy in Portimão Hospital, she’s mastering her new prosthetic legs like a pro, and hopes to be walking freely within a month.
As readers may have come to expect from the stories we’ve carried on this extraordinarily brave young woman, Pathy is not content with simply being able to walk again. She wants to ‘take back control’, move on with her life and get a job.
“It’s my greatest dream,” the 31-year-old told us from her home in Algoz. “I don’t know who will offer me work, but there are many things I know I could do: receptionist/ telephonist. I am not sure, but I want to work, earn money and move on with my life.”
Pathy’s determination is what has carried her through the nightmare of losing both legs and parts of six fingers as a result of tick fever last summer.
“What’s important is not to give up. Life is too precious,” she has always said.
Three-year-old daughter Sofia has been the wind beneath Pathy’s wings. “She’s so happy to see me moving around,” her mother beams. “I have been given this opportunity to walk, which many people don’t get, and every day I thank God for it.”
As she doggedly pushes herself through all the hurdles, Pathy’s progress has delighted staff at Portimão Hospital, who have all been rooting for her since the nightmares of last summer.
“She’s doing so well,” physiotherapist Paulo Neves told CMTV last week. “I think within a month or so, we’ll see her walking without even the aid of crutches.”
Meantime, that dream of working again is being tentatively launched into the air. Anyone with any ideas is welcome to get in touch with us.
New appeal as brave double-amputee Pathy ‘steps out’
By NATASHA DONN