EDMOND — A suicide bomber blew off Martine Wright's legs.
Five years ago this month, she was among the most seriously injured in the London subway bombings. Her skull was fractured. Her arm was mangled.
She was a victim.
Now, she's anything but.
Wright plays sitting volleyball for Great Britain, which is competing at the world championships this week in Edmond. Watch the bright-eyed brunette for even a minute, and you can see her spunk. She dives. She hustles. She cheers. She does it because she can.
She does it because she survived.
"That was a miracle in itself," she said. "There were a lot of people that didn't."
The bombings killed 52 people.
"I think it's just my duty to go out and grab every opportunity that I can."
Wright is doing more than surviving. She is thriving.
Since the bombings, she been skiing and sky diving. She has learned to fly. She got married, walking down the aisle herself on high-tech prosthetics. She even became a mom.
Her son, Oscar, celebrates his first birthday this week.
But in the hours after the bombing, doctors wondered if Wright would make it off the emergency room table alive.
The morning of July 7, 2005, started like any other Thursday for Wright. The international marketing manager was headed to work when she realized that her normal Northern line was down and decided to take a Circle line train. Barely making it through the open doors of the carriage, she took the first available seat.
Only seconds later, one of four suicide bombers to hit London that day detonated a backpack bomb only three feet from where Wright was sitting.
There was only darkness and dust and screaming.
Eventually, Wright could see that her legs were wrapped in twisted metal. There was blood everywhere.
For nearly an hour, she remained trapped in the wreckage. She was the last person removed alive from the Aldgate Tube, but at the hospital, doctors still had to work frantically to save her. She lost nearly three-fourths of her blood.
Doctors had to revive her five times.
Difficult days followed. Wright was unconscious for nearly a week and would spend nearly a year in the hospital. She had one surgery after another, but eventually, she was fitted with prosthetic legs.
Not even a year after the bombings, she danced the first dance with her father at his 70th birthday party.
Then a couple years ago, she went to a taster day for disabled sports. She sampled a variety of sports, including wheelchair tennis, but she fell in love with sitting volleyball.
"Because you don't have to use your chair," Wright said.
She loved the freedom that the sport afforded her. Still does. When she maneuvers out of her wheelchair and onto the floor for practice and games, she isn't dependent. She isn't disabled. She is the same as everyone else.
Sitting volleyball not only empowered her but also changed her life.
"It gave me my confidence back," Wright said. "It got me out meeting all these girls."
She glanced at her teammates as they laughed and joked after a recent practice.
"And it gave me a goal again," she said. "I was missing a goal. I'm married, and I've got a son, but I was missing that sort of hunger for something."
No more. London is hosting the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, and Wright intends to be part of Great Britain's sitting volleyball team. She wants to be part of the opening ceremonies in her hometown. She wants to show the world just how far she has come.
She intends to wear the same number she is wearing this week.
Even though the 7/7 terror attacks ripped apart her body and her life, they did not destroy Wright's spirit.
"Sometimes, I feel like I have to do something different, I have to do something extraordinary because otherwise it wasn't worth it," Wright said. "You've just got to think like that.
"Otherwise, it would be for nothing."