MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota television reporter who lost her lower left leg in a boating accident says she’s beginning a new chapter of her life.

Courtney Godfrey told The Pioneer Press that she may have lost part of her leg, but she will never lose her spirit.

Godfrey was thrown from a boat on Christmas Lake in Hennepin County on Sept. 15. The boat’s propeller struck her left foot.

“When I came up, that’s when I looked, and basically my foot was gone,” she said. “It was gnarly.”

Her younger sister, Kelly Roberson, is a registered nurse. Roberson used the boat’s tow rope as a tourniquet to stop the wound’s bleeding.

“She’s always been my sister and friend,” Godfrey said. “Now, she’s my hero.”

Godfrey’s lower leg was later amputated about mid-calf at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Godfrey said the amputee community has welcomed her and offered her their support. A Paralympian drove from St. Cloud to visit her at the hospital. A victim of the Boston Marathon reached out to her.

“You have no idea — I had no idea,” she said. “Minneapolis has such a great, huge amputee community, and they came out of the woodwork to welcome me.”

The Wiggle Your Toes Foundation, which was founded by a Twin Cities amputee, helped make adjustments to her home so it’s more accessible.

“They came to my house, walked through it, and brought somebody in to install handles where I would need them and adjust railings, even the shower door,” Godfrey said. “All this was already done by the time I went home.”

Godfrey wants to return to her job as a reporter soon. She said she also hopes to work with other amputees.

“I want to be an inspiration for little girls and boys who’ve just lost a limb,” she said. “I can walk into their hospital room and say, ‘Your life is not over.’


Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com