A Colorado student who lost her legs after being hit by a train in 2014 says she believes someone spiked her drink with a date rape drug and left her for dead on the train tracks.
Mandy Horvath was only 21 years old when she was struck by a coal train in Steele City, Nebraska. The train severed both of her legs and nearly killed her.
Horvath, originally from Manhattan, Kansas, was at a bar with friends during the summer of 2014. She told the Daily Mail the last thing she remembered was stepping outside for a cigarette.
"I know I hadn't had a lot to drink, I had two beers and two shots," she said. "My bar tab and blood alcohol content showed that."
Horvath was found half-a-mile from the bar with no memory of how she got there.
Although she suspects she was drugged, police were never able to prove it because doctors did not test her blood for drugs.
"When I was found, doctors were obviously focused on my leg injuries and saving my life," Horvath told the Daily Mail. "I wasn't tested to see if the drug was in my system. The doctors initially thought I had tried to commit suicide. By the time I could tell them what I remembered, it was too late to test."
"I was having a great night until this happened," she said.
After she was found on the tracks, Horvath was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska, according to the Omaha World-Herald.
"After being told by the paramedic that my legs were gone, I started to panic and tried to kick them in the air," Horvath told the Daily Mail. "It was only after I saw my blood everywhere that I knew it was true."
Horvath spent months recovering in the hospital. After several surgeries, the bones in her legs began growing, requiring doctors to amputate them again.
"While I was in there I was determined that this wasn't going to destroy me," Horvath said. "From then on I focused on getting myself up and walking again. I've always been very active and knew straight away that I'd get through this."
Horvath wasn't able to try on her prosthetics until April 2015. Her first pair was attached via suction, but kept falling off because of her fluctuating weight, she told the Daily Mail.
"When I moved from Kansas to Colorado I was able to get better prosthetics and I've been learning to walk with them since," she said. "Every day I wear them is a challenge and I'm still learning to walk with them now."
Now 24 and attending college, Horvath's life has regained some normalcy. She told the Daily Mail that she boxes and rides horses and has a "beautiful life."
"I do still have trust issues due to potentially having my drink spiked but I am improving," she said. "I have been on nights out with friends since but now I monitor my drinks at all time. You can never be too careful."