Alfreda surrounded by her loved ones in the hospital after the crash.
It usually never turns out good when a motorcycle gets hit by a semi, but one Sioux Falls woman escaped death by the skin of her teeth in July. 7 weeks later, recovery is still tough. As Nancy Naeve tells us, despite losing a limb, this woman is counting her blessings.
When Alfreda Siems left for work at the Quality Inn and Suites on Friday July 19th in Sioux Falls, she decided to ride her motorcycle because it was a beautiful day just this day. Her day as a housekeeper went smoothly. She headed out at 5:20, that's when her day changed in a blink of an eye.
"That turn by the Flying J there, a semi turned out of nowhere, turned right in front of me. I tried swerving to the right a little to try and avoid it somewhat, but obviously I couldn't and after that I do not remember anything until I woke up after surgery, "Motorcycle Crash Victim Alfreda Siems said.
She woke up to learn her life was would never be the same. She lost her left leg. It was amputated above the knee, her left wrist was shattered (she now has 9 screws and a plate in it) and her right collarbone was broken. Adjusting to a new life of inconvenience, like doing laundry, has become a new day to day challenge. Even so, Alfreda isn't bitter.
"I'm taking this very well. I'm very blessed to be alive today. Even though I lost my leg it could have been my life so I'm very thankful for that," Alfreda said.
She goes to therapy 3 times a week to work on improving her left hand, which she can barely use right now. And she wears a shrinking sock on her stump to reduce swelling so she can be fitted for a prosthetic leg sometime down the road. A road she hopes to ride again on, on a motorcycle.
There is a benefit poker run for Siems Saturday Sept. 7th starting at the Longhorn Bar in Mitchell at 1:00. There is also an account set up at Wells Fargo if you want to help pay for her medical costs since she didn't have any insurance.
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