Despite the odds, slowly her treatment worked.
“The chamber I think was a major factor,” she says. “It pushes blood out into the limbs when under pressure, so my foot had no choice but to revive. The blackness came off, and then suddenly it was lightening up. Still, I have a wound, and that won’t ever go away — my surgeon still wants to keep a close eye on it.”
Asher reflects on her progress: “I was surprised in some ways by how much she’s recovered, but not in other ways. She’s worked incredibly hard — from foot massaging to strength exercises, keeping in shape throughout. She had exercise equipment on her hospital bed — even laying in the hospital, she had to do something! She just does everything in her power to give herself a chance.”
And he has another theory on what aided her recovery. “We in the skiing community know this is an extreme sport and there’s a risk of major injuries,” he says. “Every skier is aware it could happen to them every time they’re out on the water. June seemed to understand this and thought, ‘What can I do now to move forward?’ Not just saying ‘Why me?’” Fladborg returned to the water a mere six months after her crash, but she continues to take it slow — at least by her standards — trying to be patient when all she wants to do is fly farther than ever before. To get in shape and hopefully one day get back into tournaments, she’s already been on the water five times since her sixth surgery two and a half months ago.