A Florida woman lost both her legs to plastic surgeries, and the surgery has left her wondering what she would do if she ever had to return to work.
Tara Matson said she was just getting started when her mother told her that the doctors had removed part of her leg, and she would need to get plastic surgery to fix it.
“It is such a small thing, and I’m really, really thankful that I had a little leg left, because it was so difficult for me to walk,” she said.
“But it was also like, ‘Oh my God, how did I lose my leg?’ and I didn’t really understand why.
I just didn’t know.”
The procedure is so common that the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has an online petition asking the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons to call for a ban on the procedure.
Matson was able to return home to Florida and work, but her left leg is now a “giant sore.”
She said she doesn’t know if she’ll ever be able to get back to the job she loves, and that it will be a difficult decision for her to make.
“I really don’t want to go back to work because I can’t feel good, and it hurts so much,” she told ABC News.
“And I don’t know what else I can do other than put it in a box and hope that someone comes along and finds a way to fix the problem.”
Matson, who also has a prosthetic leg, said she will never forget her mother’s words when she told her she had lost her leg.
“She just said, ‘I’ve just lost a leg.
You’re going to be ok,'” she said, “and I think it really resonated with me.”
Mello is now asking for help to find someone who can help her out.
“Just so that I can feel good about what I’m going through, so I don`t feel like I’m missing out,” she added.
“My hope is that someone can help me out and say ‘We need to do something here,'” Mello said.
Mello said she is not asking for any money, but is hoping someone will offer her a place to stay while she gets a prosthesis.
The American Academy for Orthopeddic Surgery has a list of charities that have helped people with plastic surgeries.
It has also set up a website that includes a phone number for families of plastic surgery patients.