By Justin Cox

Killeen Daily Herald

HARKER HEIGHTS – A benefit will be held today to help a resident who recently had to have part of her leg amputated.

On May 22, her birthday, Peggy Milsap underwent surgery to remove her left leg below the knee. The operation was the latest in a series of complications stemming from the bite of a brown recluse spider she received in 2002.

The benefit will consist of a bake and craft sale, which will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Big Oaks Community Mobile Home Park at 521 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Harker Heights.

Milsap said the idea for the benefit came from her friends, who want her to have the mobility not allowed by a wheelchair. She said it's difficult to explain what a prosthesis would allow her to do.

"I don't know how to explain what it would mean to me," Milsap said. "Being able to have a way to get around and take my grandkids – it would be great.

"I'd rather have a leg than a motorized chair. There would just be so much more I could do (for the community at the mobile home park). Everybody here gets together for barbecues. To be able to do (regular activities) for the kids, it would just be great."

Two years after she was bitten on the stomach, leaving a large wound that doctors were able to heal with antibiotics, Milsap began to notice a red streak going from the spot of the wound up to her breast.

In 2005, she had to have part of her left breast removed. Though the bite had occurred three years earlier, the impact from the poison moved to her feet later that same year. Open wounds failed to heal, and doctors eventually had to amputate several toes, then her entire foot.

Milsap will be on hand today at what is expected to be the first of several benefits for her.

Contact Justin Cox at or call (254) 501-7568

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