We got on the dance floor, Jackie was going for it. Next minute her leg flies off. Jackie de Bruin’s infectious laugh and
smile is a foil. Part of her strategy to accept all that life is thrown at her.
– They used to call me precious pup because it sounded like I was Precious Pup.
– Born with a rare form of spina bifida, and a shorter leg, Jackie also has epilepsy. Uncontrolled spasm have led to a series of terrible accidents. At age 15 she fell on an iron and endured three degree burns to her
face. She broke her leg in a car accident at 17. At 23 gangrene took hold and her
leg was amputated. It still didn’t stop me. You know I moved on and tried to be
positive about the things that had happened in my life. Medical complications meant Jackie’s plans to travel were put on hold until one day
– I went straight into a travel agent and I booked a ticket.
– Jackie spent two years traveling. A good move. She met her Dutch husband. Now she’s devoting much of her
life to helping others. I’d cook for homeless and people that are having hard times. Providing clothing or bedding. I would like to say to anybody who is
living with a disability do not be scared be yourself just show who you