“In a perfect world, I would love to be defined as just me,” explains Karen Crespo.
Crespo lost all four limbs after battling with a severe case of bacterial meningitis. Bacterial meningitis is a serious, potentially fatal disease that progresses extremely quickly.
The amputations, which all occurred on New Year’s Day, were a last option to save her life.
After spending 15 days in a coma and five months in the intensive care unit, Crespo slowly began picking up the pieces of her life.
“The emotional part is way worse than the physical part,” Crespo explains. “You want to feel loved, you want to feel pretty as a girl, and I don’t feel that way.”
It wasn’t until she saw a woman featured as a model in a wheelchair that she realized her dream could still be fulfilled. That’s when she reached out to Carrie Hammer, as fashion designer, to express her hopes for the future and a little gratitude.
On September 5th, Crespo modeled during New York Fashion Week for Carrie Hammer, becoming the first quadruple amputee to grace the catwalk.