A CAR accident 25 years ago severed the right leg of Stephanie Lloyd.
It is only now that a breakthrough osseointegration procedure can be performed on Friday by surgeon Munjed Al Muderis.
A financial strain was not the only barrier to surgery that Ms Lloyd faced.
Doctor Muderis was the only doctor willing to perform the operation and he was detained at the Curtin Detention Centre in Western Australia after he fled Saddam Hussein.
Ms Lloyd believes that the stars have aligned in a way that can only be described as fate.
“I had forced myself to run every morning at 6am, it was then that I ran into Sue Semple from the Armidale Dumaresq Lions Club, I really think it was meant to happen.
The Lions Club basically had to beg, borrow and steal to raise $31,000 for me so I could get the surgery.
It’s horrible to fight with your body for everything, for me it will be worthwhile because for the first time I will be living rather than just surviving,” she said.