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Builder cut in half by forklift sees GoFundMe for new ‘bionic arm’ pass £75,000

A miracle builder who survived after his body was cut in half during a freak construction site accident has smashed his £8,500 fundraising target – with do-gooders donating more than £75k towards his new 'bionic arm'.

Loren Schauers, 20, from Great Falls in Montana is a hemicorporectomy patient who has been living without his legs and right forearm for the last two years.

In September 2019, labourer Loren was involved in a horrific accident while working on a bridge with a forklift.

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After getting too close to the edge due to traffic, Loren fell 50ft and was crushed by a forklift which severed his forearm and crushed his lower body.

The young man then bravely made the decision to allow doctors to perform hemicorperectomy surgery – where everything below his waist was amputated – to save his life.

Now, despite doctors thinking he wouldn't make it even after the operation, Loren is hoping to get a bionic arm soon, after raising $90k, or £76.6k.

He said that the arm "will restore full sense of touch and movement of each digit in the hand," and "bring so much more to my life."

Loren wrote on the GoFundMe page: "This fight has been a crazy one! I’m happy to say though that I have a Million And One people backing me and rooting me on to keep fighting! I love and appreciate you all! Words don’t do any of you all justice!"

Since his accident, Loren has taken to his new life admirably well and now posts explainers and weekly vlogs to his followers on YouTube.

Loren shares his YouTube account with his devoted wife Sabia Reiche, 23, who has stayed by his side through all his health problems.

Due to Loren's mobility issues, Sabia has to perform many day to day tasks for Loren including changing his colostomy bags and showering him.

Loren's operation led to the removal of his genitalia as his pelvis had been completely crushed, leading to irksome questions about how he and his wife have sex.

Responding to the question of sex on a Q&A, Loren's wife Sabia said the question was 'disrespectful'.

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She said: "A question we get repeatedly is how do we have sex and how do we become intimate.

"That is a very personal question that we are never going to answer or allude to as it's very disrespectful.

"You wouldn't ask a random couple on the street how they have sex and just because our life circumstances are different, it doesn't give people the right to ask."

You can donate to Loren's GoFundMe here.


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