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    This Woman's Legs Were Amputated And Now She's A Competitive Athlete

    Here's how she went from a seven-month hospital stay to becoming a paralympic athlete in three years.

    Jamie Schanbaum is a 27-year-old native Texan and a paralympic cyclist.

    She started riding competitively after surviving meningococcal meningitis, which resulted in amputations of her fingers and both legs below the knees.

    Meningococcal meningitis is caused by exposure to a bacteria that 1 in 10 people carry at all times (without any signs or symptoms).

    Schanbaum started feeling flu-y one night her sophomore year of college.

    The day after the was admitted to the hospital she was put on a ventilator and into a medically induced coma.

    After a seven-month stay, Schanbaum was released from the hospital. In 2009 she got prosthetic legs and learned to walk on them.

    A year later, she learned to ride a bike.

    She earned her first medal (gold!) in 2011 at the USA Cycling Paralympic Road National Championships.

    Right now she's taking a break from cycling to raise awareness about meningitis risk and vaccines.

    A combination of two vaccines protect against all five types of bacteria that cause meningococcal meningitis.

    Schanbaum also has her sights set on the 2020 Paralymics.