ABILENE, TX (KRBC) – It takes dedication and patience to build muscle strength; two traits Alex Ortega has.
“It teaches me I can do anything I set my mind too,” Ortega said.

In February of this year, Ortega was driving on US-277, North of Anson, with two passengers when he crashed. Investigators say he likely suffered from fatigue.

“The night it happed, I blacked out and I didn’t wake up ’till a month later,” Ortega recalls.
He suffered severe injuries to his legs and doctors were forced to remove his limb.

Now, six months later, the former Stamford High football player is pressing on despite his disabilities.

“My main reason for cross fit, I want to make up for my disability by strengthening all my other abilities that I still have,” he said.

While his trainer, Jeremy, has never worked with an amputee before, he’s sure glad he took on the challenge.

“Life’s not over, It’s just the beginning, as long as they have that attitude,” Ortega’s trainer Jeremy Siglock said.
The teen also hopes his drive and determination inspires others.

“That’s one of the reasons I want to be a coach, I want to teach kids that everything, every second of your life is important. Don’t waste time and just make everything count.”

Ortega is currently talking online classes. After he receives his prosthetic, he plans to enroll at San Angelo State University and get his degree in Kinesiology.