Jacy Jorden

I was 7 years old when I met with an accident. I had just been chosen as Miss Pasadena Rodeo and spent the rest of the day having fun with my mother. On our way back home, my Mother swerved to save a car that had gone off the lane. I was thrown out of my seat, despite having a seat belt on and landed on the freeway. By the time she gained consciousness, it was too late. My leg was broken from two places and the skin was missing from hip to toe. I was soon taken to a hospital that dealt especially with such trauma cases. My family was informed that I won’t be able to make it through the night, but destiny had something else in store for me.

I did make it through, but my leg was severely damaged which only made my treatment nearly impossible. Amputation was an option that was ruled out by the doctors. The surgical team had inserted eight pins to correct the leg and cleaned my skinless wound of glass, dirt, plastic and other pavement debris. I had to undergo about 20 surgeries to treat and fix my leg and I ended up spending four months on bed. I had to give up on dancing because there was no way I was fit for that kind of movement. I decided to invest all my time and energy on academics till I regained the strength to dance again.

Over the course of the next few years, I incorporated dance in my physiotherapy. With tremendous amount of courage and patience, I finally began dancing on stage. "I wasn't as confident as I used to be (before the accident), but I have completely got my head held high now." My techniques are not perfect and sometimes it does show that my moves look different from other people’s, but I do know that I am not ready to give up dancing just yet.