Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy has to make the toughest decision of her life — choosing between saving her kidney or her leg.
The former Dancing With the Stars champion took to Facebook on Sunday, February 24 to reveal a blood clot has caused her to have serious health issues.
“My kidney or my leg. That is the decision I feel I have been given over this last day after entering the hospital with sudden pain in my calf,” she wrote.
“I have been hit down multiple times in my life but this time by far has been the hardest. I went from snowboarding 6 hours a day, working out & traveling the world to what I thought was just a simple mechanical issue with my left leg.”
She continued, “To complicate things even more I have a kidney transplant & a severe shellfish allergy which are both contraindicated in the procedures they do to fix these types of things. The contrast dye in the procedures can injure my healthy transplanted kidney which has been the biggest gift of my life and health. So there’s the risk that to try to save my leg, we are risking my kidney.”
Needless to say, this has been the hardest time for Purdy and she’s terrified about what’s going to happen next.
“Yes I’m more scared then [sic] I’ve ever been & yes staying positive doesn’t seem as easy this time,” she said.
“I’ve cried from the depths of my soul over the last two days & I’m sure my husband has seen a side of me he never wants to see again.”
She continued, “We are exploring every option & resources we have to be able to keep both my kidney & my leg healthy. Please send any extra love , prayers and thoughts this way… I could use them!”
We are thinking of you, Amy!