Some of the hardest images to see coming out of Boston were those of victims with limbs torn off their bodies. It's something most people can hardly think about, but for Georgette Bailey:
"That's the first thing she thought about was missing legs," says Bailey's daughter, Jackie Thigpen, "and what she could do"
Georgette and her husband Gene were married for decades. Before he passed, he got a new prosthetic, since his death it hasn't been doing anyone any good.
"Nothing," says Thigpen. "Sitting in the closet doing nothing and it looks like it's in good shape and someone can use it."
Georgette isn't one to just sit and grieve.
"Mama is a go getter," Thigpen says. "She's 80 years old and still cuts her own grass. She's a go getter, but it upset her, especially thinking about the children."
She wanted to give the leg, but didn't know how. So she called WJBF: We found Limbs for Life, an organization started in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing where many lost their lives and limbs. We called to tell them about Georgette's gift; the executive director says, it's more than a leg.
"You give a person a limb and you give them their life back," says Limbs for Life Executive Director Lucy Fraser. "It's going to change their life quite frankly, and the people who donate those limbs are blessing each one of the folks that they help."
It might seem like a given that a victim would get a leg, but you can't take that for granted.
"Many times insurance won't cover a prosthetic or will only cover one in a lifetime," she explains. "Leg prosthetics are like a shoe, it will wear out."
Limbs for Life will take the leg and be sure it helps someone. As for Georgette, even though she's camera-shy.
"You could see a smile on her face this morning when I went over there that she might could help somebody," says Thigpen.
And Georgette's unusual gift could get more people thinking about what to give:
"That was something different, who would have thought, ‘I have this sitting around, can't I help, somebody can use it."
Who would have thought? Let's be glad Georgette did.
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