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STAR Rehab helping amputees adjust to life after injury

David Morantes spent years in recovery and now is a mentor at STAR Rehab in Grand Blanc where he’s a client. He now helps other amputees adjust to life after injury. (WSMH)

Grand Blanc, Mich.Imagine going through a tragic accident that you barely survive and when you do wake up, you’re either paralyzed or lost a limb.

Many would say life is over, but for two people living in mid-Michigan that have faced tragedy head on they say giving up wasn’t an option.

David Morantes lost an arm and a leg in 2008 during a motorcycle accident where a car hit him on the way to vacation with family.

Morantes spent years in recovery and now is a mentor at STAR Rehab in Grand Blanc where he’s a client.

He now helps other amputees adjust to life after injury.

“Everybody wants something different, some people want to know when they can start walking, others want to know how you deal with the changes. It just depends. I tell them that your life isn’t over, “said Morantes.

Hillary Barrera is also a client at STAR Rehab where she works as a receptionist. She also had a tragic accident, but unlike David’s this one left her paralyzed.

In 2013 she was sitting on a ledge at her apartment when she fell more than 20 feet to the ground.

“I remember just lying there for more than four hours before police arrived. I just told myself to stay calm,” said Barrera.

After hundreds of hours of therapy, she learned how to walk, brush her hair and do her makeup all on her own.

Barrera recently started a new job where she travels the state demonstrating equipment to help people with paralysis.

Both David and Hillary are now happily married and moving on with life.

David is in school getting his Master’s Degree in Social Work and patiently awaiting the arrival of his new child.

Hillary just left STAR Rehab to move to Grand Rapids with her husband to start a new beginning.

Watch the full story on Tuesday, May 16 on FOX66 at 10 p.m.

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