Mom ‘devastated’ after playtime mishap leads to heartbreaking decision: ‘Nothing they could do’

What started as routine playtime with her two young children ended in tragedy for mom Deanna Crump – after she had to have a leg amputated.

The 31-year-old was playing in her yard with Isaac, one, and Jerry, three, when she tripped and fell, dislocating her right knee.

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But the simple accident at her home on August 14 would change the mother’s life forever – with surgeons unable to save her leg.

Deanna says that after she fell, she looked down and saw that her right leg was just “hanging there.”

At the hospital, doctors discovered that she had fractured both bones connecting her knee and had multiple torn ligaments and damaged arteries.

Deanna Crump at home before the accident. Recognition: Jerry Crump/SWNS

They also could not find a pulse in her leg and foot.

During emergency surgery – when medics tried to get the blood flowing back to her leg – they also found the injured woman had blood clots.

So Deanna, who is from Michigan, underwent a second procedure to remove the blood clots.

But this was unsuccessful and she had to undergo a third operation.

It was only with this operation that the medics were able to repair her arteries and she regained the pulse and blood flow in her leg and foot.


However, complications arose and Deanna began bleeding internally.

She then had to undergo a fourth operation – during which the doctor accidentally choked off an artery in her stomach.

During this operation, she lost so much blood that she almost died – and had to undergo a transfusion.

This time the surgeons discovered several more blood clots and Deanna again lost the pulse in her leg and foot.

Deanna and her children Isaac and Jerry before August. Recognition: Jerry Crump/SWNS

Her foot and toes began to “turn black” and she was told her leg was “dying” – as blood flow stopped pumping there and the buttocks began to change color.

After a week, the doctors told her there was nothing more they could do.

A desperate Deanna had to undergo an operation in which her leg was amputated below her right knee.

Now the brave mother is learning to live without her limbs, taking one day at a time.

Deana in the hospital. Recognition: Deanna Crump/SWNS

And she says she’s “super grateful” to be alive.

“I just stumbled and looked down,” she recalls of that fateful August day in her garden.

“I was in extreme pain and my leg just hung there.”

She was taken to hospital by ambulance while her husband Jerry, 38, stayed at home with the children.

“everything and everything”

Deanna recalls how when she first got to the hospital, the doctors “tried anything and everything” to get the pulse back in her foot.

At this point she still had feeling in her legs and toes.

After a week in the hospital, when doctors decided there was nothing more they could do, Deanna was transferred to Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital.

“I got there and they immediately gave me a CT scan and said there was nothing they could do for me,” she said.

“My foot and toes turned black and my leg was dead.


“They said they would have to amputate either above the knee or below the knee — they decided they would have to amputate above the knee.”

Deanna only had 45 minutes to try to process the life-changing news before she had surgery.

“It destroyed me. I kept thinking, ‘Is this my life?’ She said.

Deanna after her right leg was amputated. Recognition: Deanna Crump/SWNS

“I’m emotionally devastated about it.

“Physically, I’m over a month post-amputation and I’m still in pain every day.”

After a five and a half hour surgery, Deanna spent six days in intensive care.

She finally left Henry Ford Hospital on August 30.

Emotional roller coaster ride

“Honestly, the nurses at the hospital did better, but it was a roller coaster of emotions,” Deanna said.

“They wanted me to get up and get out of bed and I was there screaming and saying I couldn’t.

“But I did it – and when I did it, I was very happy.”

Deanna is scheduled to be fitted with a prosthesis by the end of the year.

She says it’s been a “roller coaster of emotions” for her and her family since returning home.

Deanna in the hospital. Recognition: Deanna Crump/SWNS

“When I got home, I initially had a couple of bad days, laying in bed crying all day,” she admits.

“But in the last week I’ve been feeling better, getting up and going outside with my family again.

“Right now I’m on a roller coaster ride to the top.

“Finally I can look at myself in the mirror – and I stopped looking at it two days after the operation.”

raising funds

Deanna does physical therapy twice a week.

She has set up a GoFundMe page that has so far raised more than $18,000 for home renovations and family support while husband Jerry, a kindergarten teacher, is not looking after her.

“We have a very small house, our insurance isn’t very good, and we needed stuff like a ramp, a walker, and to get the house ready when I get home,” she said.

Deanna with Jerry and Isaac. Recognition: go fund me

“We also needed enough money for my husband to stay home and take care of the children.

“The money will go towards making my car accessible when I can start driving, making my house more accessible – probably knocking down a wall to make it easier for me to get around, and creating a new front porch.

“There’s no end cap, everything we’ve gotten so far we’ve really appreciated.”

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