‘The Big Bang Theory’ Star Kaley Cuoco Almost Lost Her Leg

“The Big Bang Theory” is a huge success for many reasons, not the least of which being the persistence of its stars. We have all laughed at the nerdy antics of Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco, more commonly known as the characters Sheldon, Leonard, and Penny.

Two years ago, Kaley Cuoco had an accident:

“I fell off my horse and crushed my leg. Before surgery, I had to sign a contract saying it was OK if they had to amputate!”

She recalled the scene on “Ellen” in 2010:

“I’m hysterical and the doctor comes in … and says, ‘OK, gotta go over your options; one (of) them is amputation.’ All I’m thinking is, ‘I’m gonna have to call work and tell them I only have one foot.’ … ‘They had to tell me because I was going into emergency surgery that I might be coming out with one foot.’ … ‘For the rest of my life I’ll be setting off metal detectors,'”

Cuoco has been horseback riding since she was 15, and has been on the horse nearly every day since, says Yahoo TV. She continued:

“When I awoke with my leg, I was so happy. I was back on the horse while the cast was still on. I have four horses, and they are my everything. I was determined not to lose that. I am a little more careful now!”

In addition to riding horses, Cuoco is also involved in several indoor exercises, including indoor cycling. She comments on this that the spinning has:

“changed my body. My legs are severely toned, and you get an ab workout.”

She now has metal rods in place of the bones in her foot that were crushed in the horse-riding accident, says the Daily Mail. However, she is still set to play the role we all know her for, so we are all happy in the end.

*Knock knock knock* Penny? Yeah, I had to do that.