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Eric Kruty

Englewood Cliffs, NJ

On May 28th, 2015 my life changed forever. It was the day that I was involved in a catastrophic motorcycle accident resulting in multiple traumatic injuries. I sustained a traumatic brain injury and was comatose for a couple of weeks. I crushed my femur and my patella, and fractured a couple of bones that were in my spine. With time, everything was healing perfectly with the help of a team of doctors, nurses and therapists. Everything but my knee joint was healing correctly. I damaged my knee so badly that scar tissue formed on the joint, limiting my flexion and extension of my knee. After conducting research, I came across and met with Dr. Fragomen and his team at the world-renowned HSS. From day 1, he was thorough, he listened to me, and we built a trusting relationship. After another unsuccessful surgery that had once again put my life on pause, we talked about my options. After numerous surgeries, my options were limited. I was facing the possibility of spending the rest of my life using crutches in severe pain. I could not ambulate easily nor could I sit comfortably in a public place or while driving. I decided that an amputation was the best option to improve my quality of life. On November 2, 2018, I had my left leg amputated from above the knee. Following the surgery, I continue to experience considerably less pain each day. I am anticipating getting the prosthetic device within a few weeks which will help me to get back on my feet and live a full and satisfying life. I am feeling better physically, psychologically and emotionally than I have since my accident in 2015. I want to thank Dr. Fragomen, his team, and everybody at the HSS for getting my quality of life back. I can finally say “I am Back in the Game of LIFE!!”