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New Real Housewives Of New York Star Had Foot Amputated At 6-Years-Old

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Sep. 30 2011, Published 5:00 a.m. ET

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By Amber Goodhand

Radar Reporter

The Real Housewives of New York City have three new cast members and according to Star magazine, one of them had her foot amputated when she was just six years old!

Aviva Drescher, 41, had her left foot caught in a barn-cleaning machine's conveyor belt when she was a young child and says rescue workers spent "three hours sawing free my mangled, manure-ridden leg," which was amputated two months later.

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The 5'10" beauty also had another six inches removed in 1997 so she could accommodate a more lifelike prosthetic.

"Being an amputee was not, and has never been, a dominating factor in my life," she said.

Her good friend Jill Kargman told Star: "Aviva is the strongest, most resilient and brilliant person ever.

"She's warm and nurturing, but she doesn't deal in BS. She tells it like it is. She's everything a modern woman should be, and she's going to be a wonderful addition to the show."

Aviva and husband Reid Drescher have two children together -- daughter Sienna and son Hudson.

As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon and Alex McCord were cut from the upcoming season of the hit Bravo show.

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Aviva is one of the replacements, along with 48-year-old ABC News producer Carole Radziwill and 41-year-old Yummie Tummie clothing line creator, Heather Thomson.

How do you think Aviva's handicap will weigh in next to the drama she's going to endure on Real Housewives of New York City? Leave your comments below...

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