At the age of 19, Amelia “Amy” Purdy’s life took a huge detour. Purdy was rushed to the emergency room after reaching a state of septic shock. She was diagnosed with Meningococcal Meningitis, a rare bacterial infection that affected her circulatory system. She had both legs amputated below the knee, had her spleen removed, and lost both kidneys. Purdy was given a 2% chance of survival.