Tasha Hope-Simpson visited the New Booker School in Wolfville recently and talked to the students about the challenges she has faced after losing part of a leg. - Submitted
Tasha Hope-Simpson visited the New Booker School in Wolfville recently and talked to the students about the challenges she has faced after losing part of a leg.
Her injuries from an accident last fall were so severe she had to decide after several surgeries whether to keep a limb with no feeling or have an amputation.
“They told me I’d walk again in six months. I have a busy lifestyle and I can’t imagine not walking,” Hope-Simpson said, so she opted for the amputation.
“This is what happens. You have to learn how to adapt to these sorts of issues. Some people are born without a leg and other people get on just fine.”
Hope-Simpson shared her visual research into “how many kinds of legs there are out there,” including images of American actor, athlete and model Aimee Mullins.
Her talk was part of a unit of inquiry into simple machines. Hope-Simpson helped the students consider the function and design of prosthetic devices and then, with her guidance, the children designed and built their own mini prosthetic device from found materials.
School spokeswoman Johanna Mercer said the students are looking “forward to working with Tasha on an extended art project during our next unit: Where We Are in Time and Place.”
“She's inspirational,” one student said. “The way she can find the positive in things."
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Students will work with Hope-Simpson on a big, fibre art piece that will be part of the set for a musical that they are writing and composing.
Mercer said a number of the students want to help fundraise for the young woman’s prosthesis through a coin drive or bake sale.
Hope-Simpson lost part of her leg in a hit-and-run crash last November as she walked to her car. Her left leg was crushed between two cars and the driver fled.
The province will cover a basic prosthetic limb, but specialty ones for hiking and other activities will be expensive. Her siblings started a website that has raised more than $27,000 and friends organized two fundraising benefits.
Const. Blair MacMurtery of the Kings District RCMP said police continue to look for the hit and run driver.
"We'll take any tip we can get that will lead us to the driver," he said.
Any tips can be directed to the RCMP in New Minas, 679-5555, or Crimestopppers, 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).