Kia Brazil who is a 29-year old model from Wisconsin in the US, lost her legs and fingers after falling ill some years ago. She has now beaten the odds and become an inspirational model, trying so hard to encourage other amputees.
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According to the model, she wasn’t born like this. She almost lost her life in a matter of hours. Recounting on how she lost legs, Kia said she led a normal life until one day when she suddenly experienced severe pain.
Kia was rushed to the hospital, where unfortunately she had three heart attacks before going into a coma. “I was once normal too, with legs and fingers, but it changed in 24 hours. I was getting ready for my younger sister’s show at home and I started feeling unwell.”
Kia Brazil started experiencing pain that was worse than labour. “Within three hours, I went from having stomach cramps to almost dying,” she said. Kia only had hours to live, according to what the doctors said. Her family even said their goodbyes. However, by good luck or rather through the family’s prayers, she pulled through.
Model Kia’s darkest moment.
“The darkest moment was when I didn’t know whether I would make it or not. After three heart attacks, sepsis ended up causing my legs to die out. They had to be amputated,” she said. After waking up from the comma, Kia said it was time for her to decide whether she would live in sorrow or live life to the fullest.
“I could either sink and bring my kids along with me or float and watch them sail next to me,” she said. Amazingly, Kia Brazil noted that her confidence levels rose after the amputation, and she considers her legs to be one of her best body features. It was at this moment, she resolved to become a model.
“It clearly was not the end. I still have more time to live and fulfil my purpose,” she said.
“I don’t see myself as disabled because I can cook, clean and play with my kids. My modelling career will shed light on so many different people. I want kids that may see my pictures to think if I can do it, they can do it too,” she added.