August 29, 2011
MN Angler Hooks Prosthetic Leg Lost 3 Years Ago, Returns to Owner
By Chad Love
What is it with hooking human appendages this summer? Hot on the heels of the Illinois boy who hooked a fake severed foot, a Minnesota woman has done him one better by hooking an entire leg...
From this story on wsaw.com:
While fishing over the July 4th weekend in Alexandria, Minn., one Wausau woman found something pretty unusual at the end of her hook. "I just kept holding my line up and he just kept pulling my pole, and I said I'm afraid to look,” Beth Krohn said. “I said I can't imagine what it might be."Little did Beth know, she and her husband Mark would truly catch the unimaginable. "We decided to go walleye fishing early in the morning,” Beth said. “And my pole ended up getting snagged, way down. And I thought, man there's no snags in this part of the lake.”
Beth said she hoped it wasn’t a dead body. "I pulled it up a little farther and I said, you're not going to believe it,” Mark said. “It's a prosthetic leg." They say half of the leg was flesh colored, like skin, and the other half was mossy and muddy. And even still had a water shoe on it. Determined to find out whose leg was now in her live well, Beth went out on a limb and made few calls...After just four phone calls, Beth got a hold of the doctor's office in town that deals with prosthetics."And so she put Pam Reilly on the phone. And she said she lost her leg three years ago swimming,” Beth said. “It was her swim leg." It was a $7,000 part of Pam Reilly that she never thought she’d get back. The original owner was reunited with her long lost leg, and even uses it as a spare now.