Piedmont amputee, artist creates works that inspire others

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- As an artist, Dori Jalazo has a leg to stand on. One.

“I remember everything going into surgery,” Dori says. “And I remember my mother promising to go with me into the operating room because she was a nurse and could have, but she left me in the elevator, waving. What I don't remember to this day is actually waking up and knowing that my leg was gone.”

Gone, because of a birth defect, but even all those years ago, whether it had to be amputated was a 50/50 proposition. But Dori takes it philosophically.

She recognizes that if she still had her leg, “I wouldn't have been the same artist, I wouldn't have been the same person.”

And what an artist, she is.

She hopes her work soothes and heals … and has found some significant people feel it does. One of her favorite pieces, she made for Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel.

“That was a really special piece to make. It was commissioned as a gift to be given to him.”

In this edition of the Buckley Report, see the art Dori makes right here in Greensboro and the other famous person who owns some of it.

For more information, visit her Facebook page.