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Stacie Reis, B.C. Nurse, Sets Her Own Broken Legs While Trapped In Car Wreck

08/19/2015 06:33 EDT | Updated 08/19/2015 06:59 EDT

A B.C. nurse likely saved herself from a double amputation by painfully setting her own legs after they were broken in a car crash.

Stacie Reis was travelling home from Prince George to Kitimat on Highway 16 last month when her car went off the road and crashed down a 12-metre (40-foot) hill, reported Global News.

Trapped in her overturned car with both of her legs broken, she realized what she needed to do.

"The way they were pinned, it wasn't natural," Reis, 27, told The Prince George Citizen. "The nurse in me was like, 'You need to straighten these out otherwise you're going to cut off your blood supply, you'll lose your legs."

With that, the neo-natal nurse moved her limbs back into place.

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"It was really painful but I did it," Reis, who also suffered several other broken bones, said in a Global interview.

Reis lay there for more than 12 hours before she was spotted and taken to hospital. Doctors told her she likely saved her legs from amputation.

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to support Reis as she heals.

The page said "things are looking really positive" for the nurse, who has gone through five surgeries so far.

Once she recovers, Reis said "she'll be an ever better nurse" than before.

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