A man who was cut in half by a forklift has celebrated his second wedding anniversary after surviving the horror injury.
Ex-workman Loren Schauers, 20, lost his entire bottom half in a horrifying accident more than three years ago, but it seems the horrific injury hasn't stopped him living life to the full.
Posting on Instagram, Loren's wife Sabia Schauers-Reiche, 23, shared a heartwarming snap of the couple, captioning the photo: "02/28. 2 years married to my best friend."
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Vowing to stick by her man, she added: "Let’s make it 70 more."
Loren, from Great Falls in Montana, USA, suffered a nightmarish injury while working on a bridge with a forklift in September 2019.
Oncoming traffic pushed him too close to the edge of the bridge, causing him to fall 50ft before being crushed by the forklift which severed his forearm and destroyed his lower body.
In a desperate bid to save his life, doctors performed a hemicorporectomy surgery, a major procedure where everything below his waist is amputated.
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And although medical professionals still believed Loren would die from his injury up to a month after surgery, he's proved them wrong and now spends his time making YouTube content with Sabia, who stuck with him through all the ups and downs of his journey.
In a recent Q&A posted to the streaming platform, the couple said they love the life they share, but frequent questions about their sex life are beginning to wear them out.
"That is a very personal question that we are never going to answer or allude to as it's very disrespectful," Sabia said.
"You wouldn't ask a random couple on the street how they have sex and just because our life circumstances are different, it doesn't give people the right to ask."
Loren's pelvis was completely crushed in the accident, meaning his genitals had to be removed in surgery.
He admitted in the past that doctors had attempted to save some of his sperm but eventually gave up as it wasn't "viable".
The pair have also spoken candidly about the future, confessing they're unsure about Loren's life expectancy going forward.
Sabia said: "The average is about 11 years and the record-holder was 24 years. But none of them were in the same situation as Loren.
"If we go off of that we are hoping Loren has 40-plus years left with us”, she said, adding that it was difficult for them to make an accurate prediction as Loren’s case was so rare.
A GoFundMe to raise money for a bionic arm, which would "bring so much more" to Loren's life, has surpassed its original goal of $10k (£8.3k) more than tenfold.
"This fight has been a crazy one," Loren wrote on the webpage.
"I’m happy to say though that I have a million and one people backing me and rooting me on to keep fighting! I love and appreciate you all!
"Words don’t do any of you all justice," he added.
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