In 2014, she celebrated her 21st birthday with friends in a bar in her hometown of Steele City, Nebraska.
She drank two beers and two shots – a fact supported by both her bar tab and her recorded blood alcohol level – but something terrible happened to Mandy that night.
Because, she believes, one of her drinks had been spiked with a date-rape drug she has no recollection of what happened next.
She was found later that night lying on train tracks half a mile away from the bar, with both her legs missing.
“I would always get guys asking me ‘how does sex work for you?’, and it completely put me off dating”
Because busy doctors were busy trying to save the young woman’s life they didn’t think to administer a test for date rape drugs and the opportunity to investigate the crime was missed.
At the time it was believed that Mandy had attempted suicide, an assertion she completely rejects.
The mystery of how she came to be on this train tracks is unlikely ever to be solved, but Mandy has refused to let her disability get her down.
Apart from scaling a couple of serious mountains she has also crafted the most brilliant and hilarious Tinder profile you’re likely to see.
Mandy lists her plus-points as:
- I’ll never run away from you
- Front row parking
- Technically, I can still doggy-paddle, even though I have sexy land-roving bionic legs
- I have similar functionalities to a vacuum-cleaner: easily portable, I come on wheels and I suck
- It’s not uncomfortable for my feet to be above my head.
- Face: 10/10
- Body: 8/10
- Legs: 0.5/2
- My Anthem: She Ain’t Got No Legs – Bloodhound Gang
She says that she enjoys banter with potential dates, and shared pick-up lines she’s heard such as “For a girl with no legs you’ve been running around my mind all day”
She told the Daily Mail: “When I tried to date after I lost my legs I would always get guys asking me ‘how does sex work for you?’, and it completely put me off dating.
“I was completely alienated from any sort of romantic opportunity due to my own lack of insight.
“But now that I’ve broken the ice and sexualised my disability with my humour, I am acknowledged as an individual rather than someone bound to a wheelchair.”