Oklahoma Teen Relearns Piano Following Amputation

Tuesday, August 9th 2016, 10:37 pm
By: News 9

An ATV accident forced an Oklahoma teenager to lose several fingers, but her love for music is helping her heal.

Her challenge this summer was not only recovering from several surgeries, but also relearning to use her hand.

“It's kind of ironic. I wanted to be an inspirational speaker before this happened,” said Claire Scoggins.

Never did she imagine at the beginning of the summer her own life story would soon be one that would inspire others.

To celebrate the end of the year, Scoggins and her boyfriend decided to take an ATV out for a ride. But a loose patch of dirt caused the ATV to roll ultimately crushing several of Claire's fingers.

“I said, ‘Are you OK?’ He said, ‘Yeah.’ And I said, ‘Umm, look at my hand,’” said Scoggins. 

Enid doctors realized the extent of Scoggins' injuries and flew her to Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City. Pictures of Scoggins' hand were sent to Dr. Sylvia Gray to prepare her for the emergency surgery.

“Her pictures were filled with dirt and her last three fingers were basically hanging off,” Gray said.

The damage to those fingers forced Gray to amputate, taking away a much needed tool for this musician. 

More than a month after the accident, Scoggins, determined to play the piano again, shared the challenge she took on through a video on Facebook.

“It's really intimidating to have the piano sitting there and not have all the fingers you used to have when you used to play piano,” said Scoggins.

It was not the summer Claire planned and it's one that changed her life forever. But this summer brought out the strength and courage she had within to endure life's challenges.