Almost seven years ago Marissa Garcia was struck by a maxi taxi while crossing the Priority Bus Route, in Arouca.
She suffered serious injuries to her right leg, ribs and spine.
Doctors eventually had to sever her limb in June 2017 after several efforts to save it failed.
Garcia, 36, is determined not to allow the disability to change her life and wants to start her own support group for others like herself in this country.
The mother of two was knocked down by a maxi taxi on the Five Rivers junction, Arouca back in 2012.
“Crossing the Bus Route on the red light, a maxi was waiting for me on the opposite side, I remember the driver saying yes family, I have one for you,” said Garcia.
Garcia said she couldn’t remember what happened next.
“Eyewitnesses told me I flew approximately 150 feet in the air and bounced like a ball before I stopped,” Garcia told Guardian Media.
She spent over two months in the hospital and sustained injuries to her right leg, ribs and spine.
“I had steel, broken bones, pins, tie wire, you name it I had it on the inside trying to save the leg,” said Garcia.
However, her battle with her right leg came to an end on June 5, 2017, when she and her family made the decision to amputate.
“I was carrying around dead weight, the amputation didn’t change my mobility,” said Garcia.
However, she said she struggles daily as she tries to live a normal life.
Garcia told Guardian Media she regularly experiences phantom pain but when she takes her prescribed medication she feels depressed.
“Right now I’m actually feeling the broken pin I had in my knee jamming me even though the leg is not there,” Garcia said during an interview.
Garcia said a support group would be helpful with dealing with these effects.
She said a group can also help with other daily trials amputees face such as public transportation, health care and the stigma attached to being disabled.
“Simple experiences as going to the beach, I wear a bikini and people would whisper, she can’t be serious, wearing that with one leg.”
Garcia regrets such comments saying she’s still human and believes a support system can help amputees feel included.
As the world recognised April as limb loss awareness month, Garcia has one message for her fellow amputees: “We are strong and perfectly flawed.”