‘I’ll use my legs then lose them’

Jennifer Clark, 41, a woman who had both of her hoof-like feet amputated 5 years ago, is making the most of her legs before they too are amputated.

Jennifer Clark, 41, a woman who had both of her hoof-like feet amputated 5 years ago, is making the most of her legs before they too are amputated.

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A MUM who had both her feet removed is making the most of her legs before they are also amputated.

Jennifer Clark, 41, is spending as much time as possible enjoying her limbs and has signed up for modelling, burlesque, Pilates and tai chi.

Jennifer Clark, 41, a woman who had both of her hoof-like feet amputated 5 years ago, is making the most of her legs before they too are amputated.

Jennifer Clark, 41, a woman who had both of her hoof-like feet amputated 5 years ago, is making the most of her legs before they too are amputated.

She is also enjoying running around after her six children.

Courageous Jennifer, of Grangetown, Sunderland, was born with a rare condition called congential bilateral talipes, which caused her feet to resemble horse hooves and left her in constant pain as it forced her to walk on her toes.

In 2007 she had them amputated in an attempt to free herself from the agony. She uses prosthetic legs to get around, and doctors said that her stumps would become easy to walk on in time.

But four years on, Jennifer is still in relentless pain.

Jennifer, who lives with husband David, 29, said: “The doctor told me that, basically, I have two options. Spend my life in a wheelchair, giving up work and my independence, or have a below-knee amputation and learn to walk again.

“I’m determined not to end up in a wheelchair, so I’m saying goodbye to my legs.

“But I’m making sure I make the most of them while they’re still here. I walk as much as I can and have even signed up to a burlesque show, as well as doing some modelling.

“I’ll be sad to see my limbs go, but I know it’s the only way I have a chance of being a mum who can still play in the park and go to work.”

And Jennifer says her children – aged from two to 17 – are what keep her going each day, and are a constant source of support.

She said: “My children are wonderful. I have my hands full with six, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

“The older ones help me out as much as they can. I can’t kneel so they clean the floors for me, and help me out with the little ones sometimes.

“And the younger ones are just so caring. My four-year-old says to me: ‘Are your legs poorly mummy?’ and gives them a kiss.

“They love to try on my prosthetic limbs, too.”

Jennifer is now living life to the full as she tries to shed five stones ahead of her operation.

“The doctors told me that I will get on with the new legs much better if I go from 17 stone to 12 before the operation,” she said.

as they are very heavy.

“I need to tone up my core muscles to support myself with the legs on, too.

“I’m eating healthily and the exercise is helping - but really, I just wanted to be more active while I can.”