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Candice Davis's Journey to Independence as a Quadruple Amputee

Candice Davis

Candice Davis had been leading a vibrant life, until a battle with COVID-19 in August 2021 took a devastating turn. Two years later, her healing journey continues as she learns to navigate life as a quadruple amputee. Once a flight attendant with dreams of becoming a nurse, and ultimately a mother, Candi faced a life-altering situation when the treatment that saved her life resulted in the amputation of both arms below the elbow, her left leg below the knee, and partial amputation of her right foot. The additional diagnosis of transverse myelitis added complexity to her recovery.

Undeterred, Candice embarked on a challenging rehabilitation journey at Jefferson Moss-Magee Rehabilitation – Riverfront. The road to independence meant intensive therapy sessions three times a week, where she transitioned from complete dependence on caregivers to regaining autonomy in daily tasks. With the aid of prostheses and creative approaches from her therapists, Candi learned to stand and walk again.

Candi's positive attitude and determination became evident as she made significant strides in a year. Her care team, whom she considers family, played a pivotal role in her journey toward self-sufficiency, helping her accomplish tasks like walking and performing everyday activities. “I can walk with a walker. I can transfer myself to the commode or a chair. I can feed myself. I am learning how to do everyday tasks like folding clothes. I can do my make-up. I didn’t think I would be able to do that ever again.” Candi says proudly.

During her time at Jefferson Moss-Magee Rehabilitation – Riverfront, Candi has found art therapy to be a helpful way to express her feelings, and escape from the intense physical therapy sessions. Through art therapy, she is able to work on her fine motor skills, practicing both with and without her prosthetics. Candi says that art therapy has become a safe space for her. “It is so calming and gives me a place to just be myself,” she expresses.

Last October, Jefferson Moss-Magee Rehabilitation hosted the annual Art Heals event, which honors various patients greatly impacted by art therapy. The event was a celebration of the incredible journey these patients endure after their traumatic injury or illness. Candi was one of the recipients of this year’s Darren Dieter Excellence in Art Award, and we were thrilled to honor her for her amazing resilience and bright spirit!