In 2013, Mandy Mccracken lost her hands and feet to Sepsis at the age of 39. It began with a fever, vomiting and diarrhoea and lead to a ten month long hospital stay. Now with the aid of prosthetic hands and legs, Mandy has returned to driving, gardening, cooking and she has even gone back to occasionally rock climbing. With the help of her husband Rod and their three daughters, Mandy is continuing to live a vibrant and fun filled life.
After meeting other quadruple amputees, Mandy and fellow amputee, Korrin Barrett began the Quad Squad. The worlds only support group for people specifically missing all four limbs, the Quad Squad now has over 230 members and is a place to connect and support one another. Meeting biannually in Australia, Mandy facilitates the Quad Squad Muster, where quadruple amputees share tips and ideas as well as hear from industry experts.
As a regular face in the media and through her blogs, Mandy has shared her story and aims to make disability a regular part of our conversations. She regularly volunteers with prosthetic students and speaks to community and corporate groups about resilience and dealing with change. “Life is one giant social experiment.”