Over the past year Alabama News Network has shared the story of Jessica Crumpton, a Montgomery mother who's two legs and arm were amputated after having boiling water dumped on her in December of 2011.
Since then, she was dropped by Medicaid, but the community has come together to help her...and Thursday she was fitted for new prosthetic legs.
"Somehow I fell through the cracks of the system, I don't know how, but I can't get insurance from Medicaid, and I can't get help from Medicare," Jessica Crumpton said with tears in her eyes.
While she is struggling to have medical insurance, there are generous members of the medical community who have stepped up to help. Crumpton receives physical therapy at Active Health and Rehab and Alabama Artificial Limb & Orthopedic Service (AALOS) takes care of her prosthetics.
Recently, Crumpton qualified for grants through the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services to fund her rehab and prosthetics.
"You know sometimes it takes bad things to happen to see all the good in people," Crumpton said. "I wouldn't have met half the people I know now without this happening to me, and so God does things for a reason."
Crumpton has not been able to walk since March, when she underwent knee revision surgery. Thursday was the first time she was able to get back on her feet.
"I felt like I took two steps forward and 10 back, and I felt like I was going to lose what I gained I guess, but we've got past that point, today I am standing again so that's great," she said.
Glenn Crumpton, LPO with AALOS, has helped Jessica during her entire recovery. He fitted the two new legs on her and steered her balance with the new flexible knees.
"If she leans forward there is a chance that a knee will not be locked," he said. "But the great thing about this is one will, this one is the one that doesn't want to unlock yet."
Through trial and error, Jessica Crumpton walked between two bars, guided by Glenn Crumpton and her husband, and even after falling, she took several steps with her new legs.
"It's different because it follows through," she said describing the prosthetic knee. "My other one was just straight, pick up, sit down, pick up, sit down, this one follows through behind me."
The two new prosthetic legs and a future prosthetic arm cost about $93,000, all paid by state and federal programs to help people with disabilities regain their independence and get back to work.
"You know we struggle, we struggle week to week and if it wasn't for help, when you think you don't have anything and somebody sends a check in the mail, we wouldn't be able to keep our lights on," she said.
Pointing two her new legs, she said, "This is progress to get me back to work, so we can get back to where we were."
"Because it's hard depending on someone else when you can't do anything about it," Crumpton said.
With her new legs, Crumpton's goal is to walk her son into his first day of kindergarten next fall. She is also expected to have her new prosthetic arm by the end of the summer.
If you or anyone you know would like to help Jessica Crumpton, her husband and their three boys, please call call Barbara Anderson: 334-221-6860.