For Anthony Opposs, motorcycle riding runs through his veins.
“It takes you into a different place,” he says. “You’re just happy.”
He’s been doing it since he was 16 years old.
"All the back roads of Texas are so nice,” he says. “I’ve got a 13-year-old son who loves to do it with me too.”
But this summer, while riding his Harley-Davidson near downtown Fort Worth, his beloved hobby -- and perhaps, even his life -- were thrown into jeopardy.
Video shows the moment a driver, who was avoiding traffic, according to police documents, t-boned him. He flew off his bike.
“I looked up and saw what was wrong with my foot,” Opposs says. “Then I was a little bit scared.”
His injuries were so bad that his right leg, from the shin down, had to be amputated.
“I didn’t think I’d do it again. I really did not think I was going to get back on a bike or do anything with my son again,” Opposs says.
“I always tell my patients, it’s a life-changing event, not a life-ending event,” says Scott Guichet, who owns Innovative Prosthetics with his wife Lisa in Southlake. “You can get back to doing the stuff you love to do.”
Opposs came to Innovative Prosthetics a bit skeptical, as many amputees do, Guichet says. But that skepticism eventually turned to hope.
“He is definitely a very motivated gentleman for sure,” Guichet says.
They recently fitted him with a prosthetic leg and foot and were impressed to see him walking naturally that very same day. And it was only a week or two after that, that Anthony Opposs proved to himself his circumstances wouldn’t define him: He got back on his bike.
“I was smiling from ear to ear,” Opposs says. “I was the happiest person alive to get to ride on my bike again.”
They call his recovery remarkable.
“You’ve just got to keep your mind set forward. Don’t look backwards on what just happened,” he says
Advice from someone who’s always appreciated an open road.