Lobsterman copes with loss of leg

6:20 PM, Oct 2, 2012   |    comments
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DAMARISCOTTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Its been a tough year for Maine lobstermen, but a fisherman from Damariscotta has had it harder than most.

Jeremy Donohue, who is a stern man for a lobsterman working out of the South Bristol Co-op, says he started having circulatory problems in his right foot in August, and ended up losing part of his leg below the knee. Donohue and his girlfriend Nicole Grant, say it was a shock at first, but are trying to do their best to adjust and get on with life. The couple has two small children, and for now Nicole is the only one who can work.

Jeremy Donohue says it has been s financial struggle so far, but they've been getting help from family and friends, and from the Co-op. Donohue is hoping to get a prosthetic leg in a few months so he can go back to work. Nicole Grant says she's proud of Donohue for keeping such a positive attitude, and says it helps all of them cope with the challenges.

It is what it is has been my philosophy," says Jeremy Donohue. "There's nothing I can do about it so there's no sense dwelling on it." He says doctors have also praised his positive attitude through the ordeal.

Donohue says he's working with the doctors to design a special leg that will be "sea-worthy". Instead of titanium and carbon fiber, as in many high-tech prosthetic legs, he says this one may be built mostly of stainless steel so it won't rust from salt water. Donohue says his goal is to be back on the job by next summer. Grant says she has no doubt he'll be able to do it.


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