Loren Schauers, a 19-year-old teenager left with half a body after he fell 50ft in a horrific forklift accident has gotten engaged to his girlfriend.
It was gathered that the victim who is a builder from Great Falls in Montana, US, was working on a construction project on a bridge, in September 2019, when he got too close to the edge and the ground crumbled beneath him.
Sadly, he got trapped underneath the four-ton forklift after coming off the bridge.
“The seatbelt ended up wrapping around my leg as I jumped out so I actually swung out instead and broke one of my ribs off the floorboard of the forklift.
I tried staying on top of the forklift as much as I could as it rolled and then I was thrown from the forklift at the end of the hill once it finally landed.
I was conscious the whole time. My eyes were wide open and I saw the forklift come down and land on my hips and my right forearm.
I remember looking to my right with the forklift on top of my body and there was big old piece of muscle from my arm just lying on the ground next to me. It had just blown apart instantly from the impact.” Loren said.
To save his life, the young man made the brave decision to let medics perform hemicorperectomy surgery – where everything below his waist was amputated.
The teenager is now left with half a body.
During the operation, Doctors told his girlfriend, Sabia Reiche, now 21, he wouldn’t survive.
The devastated said goodbye to him six times, fearing he wouldn’t live another day.
However, the young man miraculously pulled through.
Speaking about the operation, Loren said:
“They thought my lower extremities were still salvageable.
The doctors tied off my main veins down below and took scans of my body to see what state it was in there and they realised my pelvis had completely crumbled.
I was transferred to Seattle, Washington, by mercy flight where they first performed a surgery leaving my right hip, genitalia, and left thigh.
Once they had also seen the state of my pelvis, that’s where it was then deemed that I’d need a hemicorporectomy surgery.
They then tried saving my sperm with my consent but it turned out to not be viable.”
Loren stayed in the hospital for just three months, went through four weeks of rehabilitation, and then went home.
He has taught himself how to put on his bucket prosthetic and get into his wheelchair without any help.
One month after his accident, Loren was transferred to a hospital back in Montana so the family could visit – as doctors still believed he would die.
But his health started to improve at an incredible speed.
Meanwhile, the couple had only been together for 18 months when the accident happened but the turmoil brought them closer together.
They are now engaged and are living happily.