When Apryl previously appeared on The Doctors in August 2014, she recounted how after years of being teased about her flat butt, she decided to allow an unlicensed woman to inject her buttocks with what she believed to be silicone.
“I didn’t do any research on the silicone that was injected in my body, nor did I do any research on this woman,” she said at the time.
When she developed hardening, discoloration, itchiness and extreme pain in the areas where the injections were administered, Apryl sought to have them removed but was told by numerous doctors that there was no way to remove all of the silicone without removing her buttocks in the process.
Eventually, Apryl developed a staph infection, which nearly took her life. Surgeons then excised the infected tissue and the hardened material from her buttocks, which turned out to be bathroom sealant. When Apryl awoke from a medically induced coma, she learned that her hands and feet had become necrotic due to gangrene and needed to be amputated.
“My hands and my feet … they will never come back. That’s over for me,” she said. “But at least I can use this to help share with someone else, so that they will never have to experience anything like this.”
The Doctors surprised Apryl by sending her to A Step Ahead Prosthetics to receive the latest in high-tech prostheses.
“Having somebody so energetic and so empowering, it just makes you strive to work that much harder, because her outcome is nothing but success,” Erik Schaffer, founder and CEO of A Step Ahead Prosthetics, says about working with Apryl.
Apryl joins The Doctors onstage with her brand-new prostheses and shares how they’ve changed her life: