ANA MANCIAZ V5 Sergeant U.S. Army Retired
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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.