ANA MANCIAZ V5 Sergeant U.S. Army Re­tired

Firepower - - FEATURES -

name: rank: sta­tus:

There was noth­ing un­usual about that day back in Jan­uary 2014. It started off like any other Thurs­day for Ana Manciaz.

The for­mer V5 sergeant, who had been as­signed to mil­i­tary in­tel­li­gence dur­ing her six years in the ser­vice, was headed to town on her mo­tor­cy­cle. Some 20 min­utes later, her life would be for­ever changed.

As Manciaz neared her des­ti­na­tion on her 2013 Honda Rebel 250, she pro­ceeded through an in­ter­sec­tion on a green light. The pe­riph­eral vi­sion in her right eye cap­tured move­ment, so she quickly turned her head and saw a truck scream­ing di­rectly at her. The im­pact sent her fly­ing over the ve­hi­cle. Med­i­cal au­thor­i­ties trans­ported her to the Brooke Army Med­i­cal Cen­ter, where she spent eight hours in surgery.

“Ini­tially, I wanted them to re­con­struct my leg,” says the 36-year-old San An­to­nio. Texas, res­i­dent. “They de­scribed what it would en­tail, which was tak­ing a vein out of one leg and putting it in the other one.”

Due to the sever­ity of the in­jury, how­ever, the physi­cians told her the pro­ce­dure prob­a­bly would not work. Still, she told them to try.

“Twenty-four hours later, I signed a pa­per to au­tho­rize the am­pu­ta­tion of my right leg be­low the knee,” she says.

For re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, they trans­ferred her to the Cen­ter for the In­trepid, an all-in­clu­sive re­hab cen­ter for mil­i­tary-in­jured right there at the Brooke Med­i­cal Cen­ter. Once again, her life was about to be for­ever changed.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.