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Patty Hovde sits in her living room with friend Joe Baglietto on Monday in her north Fargo home. Hovde's wheelchair was stolen from the front deck of her mobile home. (Michael Vosburg/The Forum)

Soon-to-be amputee makes plea for missing wheelchair

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FARGO - Patty Hovde's chain of unlucky events began four years ago outside Havre, Mont., on a two-lane highway.

After she passed the car in front of her, she had to swerve into the ditch to avoid an oncoming car, shattering both of her ankles on impact.

One ankle failed to heal, following a succession of operations, including the insertion and removal of metal parts to hold her bones together.

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