VIDEO: Skydiving challenge holds no fears for amputee
SKYDIVING was on Korrin Barrett's bucket list long before she faced a life-threatening illness.
In 2012, she contracted septicaemia after being treated for a perforated bowel.
She spent nine days on life support and eight months in hospital, undergoing multiple surgeries to amputate her right hand, left fingers and both legs below the knee.
Even when doctors told her they would have to do the amputations, she didn't think her life was at an end.
"My first thought was I will walk again," Korrin said.
When she shared her story while preparing for Brisbane's Bridge to Brisbane fun run last year, she revealed how she hoped to skydive and swim with the sharks.
Sunshine Coast business owners have joined forces to bring those dreams to reality.
Rosa Collins of Caloundra's Portobello-by-the-sea read Korrin's story and realised the Sunshine Coast offered the opportunity to make her wishes come true.
So while she offered the accommodation for Korrin and her partner, Craig Holmwood, Sunshine Coast Skydivers has arranged a skydiving experience and Underwater World Sea Life Mooloolaba will treat Korrin to a close encounter of the shark kind.
The couple arrived from their Brisbane home on Tuesday and have been enjoying the local area.
"We haven't visited the Coast much in the past, but we will definitely be doing it more now," Korrin said.
She has tried to remain as positive as possible since her surgeries and is already proving an inspiration.
"I wanted to be as independent as I could be, and help others along the way," she said.
"I've gone to hospitals and met with people going through it. I hope to inspire them to realise life can go on, you just have to do it a bit differently."
Korrin admitted she was more nervous about the shark dive than leaping out off a plane. Mick Fanning's recent close encounter with a shark in South Africa didn't help ease the nerves.
"At least I won't be in the ocean," she said.
Her next goal is to climb the Story Bridge.
"My doctor said it would never be possible, I want to send him photos of me doing it," she said.