Rose Siggins, also known as “The Woman with half a body” was born with Sacral Agenesis which is a rare genetic disorder. She had extremely deformed legs and her feet pointed in different directions. She never had any feeling in her legs. Her mother decided to get her legs amputated when she turned 2 which enabled Rose grow as a normal child. Her brother was also mentally challenged and they lived in Pueblo, Colorado. Rose doesn’t have the four spinal columns but has all working organs that a female has. She is passionate about cars, trucks and as a child played with her father’s toolbox. She got a car as a gift from her parents when she turned 16. Rose can also modify and rebuild cars. She is working on a 1968 Ford Mustang which she hopes to use for a race. In her school she was forced consistently by the authorities to wear artificial legs so that she doesn’t look odd. However as Rose grew up she started showing resistance against the use of prosthetics. She started commuting to the school on a skateboard.
Rose met her husband Dave Siggins in the year 1997 in an auto-parts store. They became good friends and started dating eventually getting married in 1999. The couple has a normal sex life against the popular misconception – that of handicapped people as being incapable of having a normal sexual life. What is more extraordinary is that the couple has two kids. Rose’s pregnancy was no less than ground-breaking news as she could probably be the first woman with Sacral Agenesis to have given a birth. After two years of becoming a mother she lost her own. Rose’s mother died of cancer which was a huge setback for her. Her mother was her biggest support physically as well as emotionally. After her mother’s death Rose looks after her father who is a patient of Alzheimer’s and dementia and her mentally challenged brother who is mentally as old as a 9 year old person. This portrays how remarkable her strength and attitude is as even after being disabled she has been the pillar for her family and most importantly has always stood up for her own self. As a woman she is an inspiration who has surpassed huge obstacles that even to an able bodied person might seem bewildering.
It would be unrealistic to say that she doesn’t feel any stress. But when she does she works in the garage which she finds therapeutic. She has been excited about the Mustang she has been working on. Rose still commutes on a skateboard and feels that it is inevitable to her life as she doesn’t feel trapped when she is using it. Her kids think that their mother is amazingly cool as she travels on a skateboard and works on cars. She has been trained professionally as a mechanic and has been regularly working in car parts shops. Rose feels strong, determined and blessed to have a caring husband and a mother who never left her even in her worst situations.