July 5, 2018: Fourteen years ago, Dani Burt, a physically active teenager, sustained devastating injuries in a motorcycle accident. After being placed into a medically induced coma, she awoke to learn that her right leg had been amputated above the knee.
She was devastated, but summoned the strength to ultimately not just survive, but to thrive in her new circumstances. She went from being the recipient of rehabilitative services to becoming a physical therapist herself. She also went from not just resuming her active lifestyle, but to taking up surfing, and then becoming the World Adaptive Surfing Champion.
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Dani shares her story, which she hopes inspires others to believe that you never know what’s possible until you accept the challenge to pursue goals that seem unlikely, and perhaps unachievable.
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Dani Burt, PT, DPT, is a physical therapist, world adaptive surfing champion, with an above-knee amputation. Inspired by the therapists who helped her own recovery from the motorcycle crash that put her in a coma for 45 days, she chose her career path to help inspire others through their own dark moments. When she is not competing in surf competitions or working at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, she serves as a mentor at surf clinics hosted by the Challenged Athletes Foundation and the Balboa Navy Medical Center.