After losing her fingers, Montana artist returns to painting
September 6, 2020
A decade has passed since elementary art school teacher Joey Kiernan lost her fingers and toes in a tragic incident. A teacher at Woodward Academy in Atlanta, the educator was preparing to return to the classroom after summer break, but she was plagued with pain by a kidney stone too large to pass.
What transpired next would leave Kiernan forever changed, as her body went into septic shock, impacting all her vital organs and prompting a 12-day coma. Upon waking, doctors told her they needed to amputate below the knee and above the elbow on her left side.
"They give you a lot of drugs before...