In August 2007, Monica Jorge gave birth to her second daughter, Sofia, but just hours after she was born, the joyous day took a tragic turn. During delivery, Monica contracted a rare, and oftentimes deadly, flesh-eating bacteria. Defying the odds, Monica survived, but many of her vital organs did not. The doctors removed Monica's uterus, ovaries, gallbladder and part of her colon that same day. Later, they were forced to amputate both of her arms and legs in order to save her life.
"[I thought]: 'Do it. I've got to go home, I have a life to live and it's not here, and until you amputate, I can't move forward,'" Monica said during her first Oprah Show appearance
It's been more than three years since Monica's life was turned upside down, and she and her family are still adjusting to their "new normal." In that time, Monica has made great strides, but as a family, they've also faced some setbacks.
Tony, Monica's husband, lost his job as a maintenance mechanic, and the family's living situation is far from ideal. Their modest rental apartment isn't designed for a person with physical disabilities, so Monica must rely on Tony and her two daughters, 12-year-old Madeline and 3-year-old Sofia, to complete everyday tasks like loading the dishwasher and cooking dinner.
Watch and see what Monica's day-to-day life is like.
"There's a few challenges that I face in the kitchen on a daily basis, and one of them is the cabinets because the top ones don't have handles and the bottom ones have the little grooves for your fingers to open them," she says.