Local Woman Walks Again

by Katie Donovan on July 16, 2014 at 6:38 am

Lee Donoho of Zanesville, took her first steps without crutches just last week.

Donoho was injured in a car accident after being struck by a drunk driver in 1990. She suffered from infections after the accident which resulted in the loss of her leg in 2009. She was wheelchair bound until she was connected with the Feildhouse and Zach Hanf, who also lost his leg in a car accident. She began physical therapy at the Fieldhouse last October.

"Working with Zach is wonderful, he’s such an inspiration to me, he’s unbelievable. I just can’t believe he’s just a kid. He doesn’t seem like just a kid to me," said Donoho.

She has worked with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and now serves as the Executive Director of the Fieldhouse Foundation which allows her to work with children with disabilities. Hanf said that it’s Lee’s will power and work ethic that has moved her forward. He explained how they have been working together.

"We first started by working foundations," said Hanf. "We worked on her balance, things like that. Trying to get her the stepping stones to walking. Then as we eased into that we started actually doing walking now we’ve gotten ot the point where Lee can take some steps without crutches or her walker so it’s really cool to see the progress. "

Donoho will continue to work on walking independently in the future with Hanf and the other trainers at the Fieldhouse.