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Bird Rock athlete amputates her limitations

Bird Rock athlete amputates her limitations

Tara Butcher is more complete than most people you probably know. She works a full schedule as a hair stylist at La Jolla’s Salty Roots Salon, works out six days a week and has an active social and romantic calendar. She has summited Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Whitney, run marathons and triathlons, and loves to ski.

And she does all of this without the bottom third of her left leg. She wears a prosthetic shin and foot, which she removes to sleep and shower.

Butcher, 35, sits on her own styling chair during a break between appointments. Seagulls caw as they fly over the second-floor salon’s roof. You can tell she’s told the story of her accident a thousand times, yet it still...