How my leg was amputated

John Clint was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. In 1996, he graduated high school where he was a varsity basketball player. Upon graduation, John attended Baylor University in pursuit to become a sports broadcaster. However, he found great success in a sales internship so he quickly switched his major in order to prepare for his budding career post graduation.

John Mabry accidentHis plans changed drastically when the unexpected happened. While traveling in a friends SUV, the right rear tire blew out causing the SUV to roll twelve times. John’s legs had been crushed from the impact. Those few seconds are eternally seared into John’s mind.

John said, “I literally envisioned the remaining seconds of my life as a scene from a 1920’s-style movie reel. However, instead of thinking my movie would end in true love and conquest, the reality was looking more like a conclusion of indescribable fear, terror, and pain.”

                            John Mabry accident           John Mabry amputee

Initially, John spent a total of four weeks in the hospital, undergoing fourteen operations. The most difficult challenges resulted from a massive open wound on the outside of his right foot. Initially, a “muscle flap: procedure was performed to save his limb from being amputated. Yet because of reoccurring infections, John was given two choices: another year of surgery and therapy with no guarantee of complete recover or to amputate his right leg below the knee. “Nothing can really prepare you for the moment when you first look down and see an empty space where your leg used to be. The thing that helped me the most was being able to talk to an amputee who showed me that life does go on after amputation. I proved it to myself when I walked across the stage to receive my B.A. in Communications six weeks later.”

                        John Clint Mabry Superbad         John Mabry amputee skydiving

John went on to obtain his Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from San Diego State University and has devoted his life to meeting the needs of those enduring hardships in their lives. He married his beautiful wife, Sarah, has skydived, traveled all around the world, completed triathlons and CrossFit, and has appeared in such movies and TV shows as Superbad, NCISE.R.. JAG, and numerous commercials. He is also credited with inventing a revolutionary product for the prosthetics industry that allows thousands of amputees around the world to live healthier, more active lifestyles.

Today, John enjoys a slower pace of life helping to raise his three kids in Nashville, TN.

Mabry Living Sarah

You can follow John and his family’s continually unfolding story through the Mabry Living Facebook Page and the Mabry Living YouTube Channel.

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