NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Queens woman was optimistic about her recovery Wednesday, after she was released from the hospital more than two months after her legs were severed by a subway train.
Teena Katz, 31, was struck by a No. 7 train at the Grand Central-42nd Street stop on Dec. 26, according to a website devoted to her recovery.
Her right leg had to be amputated just below the hip, and her left below the knee, her website said..
Katz was wheeled out of the Rusk Institute at NYU Langone Medical Center Wednesday afternoon, the newspaper reported. She told 1010 WINS she has a lot to relearn.
“Everything at sort of waist level, just trying to get around and figuring out how to use the bathroom; figuring out how to get things in the fridge, and just moving about, and just daily things,” she said.
Katz said the next step is prosthetic legs.
“As long as I’m healed up enough that, you know, my doctors feel I’m good enough to get fitted for prosthetics, that will be the next step, and then I’ll go back to being an inpatient at rehab to do prosthetic training, and then hopefully walk again,” she said.
She was filled with gratitude for the doctors who had operated on her.
“Those guys have a special place in my heart, and you know, just a million thank-yous wouldn’t be enough, and I’m so grateful for just everything that they did for me,” Katz said.
Katz had been out with friends at an East Side restaurant before she went into the subway and began to feel light-headed on the No. 7 train platform, according to a New York Daily News report.
She did not remember anything until she woke up after the accident, and found that her legs had been severed, the newspaper reported.
The website “Teena vs. the 7 Train” features a blog written by Katz with her own reflections, an account of the accidents, and a series of “Teenaisms” showing her optimistic and good-natured attitude even in the wake of the orror.
“I’m sorry I am delaying the train. Can you get me out of here?” was the first thing she said to the NYPD officer who pulled her out, according to the site.
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