3-year-old Gets New Legs, Learns To Walk For First Time

After living most of her life without legs, a 3-year-old Cuban girl took a big first step toward a normal life Monday. Doctors amputated both of Alexa Prieto’s legs when she was just 3-months-old.

Her mother had taken her to the hospital in Havana for intestinal issues, but the infant contracted gangrene and Alexa had to lose her legs to save her life. Because she was so young at the time, Alexa has never walked in her life.

After undergoing surgery last fall to prepare for the prosthetics, Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa fitted the toddler with a pair of temporary legs, allowing her to stand for the first time. It was a moment her mother Jacqueline Vidal, called “very emotional.”

“Everybody’s waiting for this moment,” Vidal said through the help of a translator. “They’ve been waiting for a long time to see her walk.”

Armando Quirantes, a Cuban-born prosthesis specialist, saw Alexa’s story on television and decided to sponsor the little girl, bringing her to Florida for treatment.

“She brought her little girl to the hospital for a simple intestinal problem, and she returned with a little girl with no legs,” Quirantes said, referring to Vidal.

Dr. Bryan Sinnott, a senior prosthetist at Shriners, explained that Alexa’s temporary prosthetics are clear, allowing them to see and adjust should the toddler encounter any issues while learning how to use them.

“Because she’s a child she’s going to learn very well, very fast,” he said. “I think she’s going to do really good.”

While he called it amazing to see Alexa stand for the first time, Sinnott says watching Vidal in that moment was truly the vision.

“You watch how a mom takes in the fact her child is standing, it’s a wonderful thing,” he said. “I’m just lucky to be a part of all this.”

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Schoolgirl with no hand gets bionic arm as Christmas gift from mystery donor

Evie Lambert, 11, will be able to open Christmas gifts for the first time thanks to ‘a real-life Santa’

An anonymous donor has gifted Evie a 3D-printed prosthetic arm (Image: Mercury Press & Media)

A girl has been given the perfect early Christmas gift of a bionic arm and will be able to open her presents unaided for the first time.

Evie Lambert, 11, was born with no left hand and was delighted when a kind-hearted anonymous donor paid for her £10,000 3D-printed arm.

Now Evie is looking forward to opening her presents on Christmas morning with her “Frozen” themed arm.

She said: “I want to say a big thank you to the donor. It is the best Christmas present ever.

“It will really help me to do things that I struggled to do before. It feels really comfortable wearing it and the hand opens and closes like a real hand. I’d love to get make-up for Christmas and now I’ll be able to put mascara on.”

Her mum Sally, 47, of Huddersfield, West Yorks said: “She couldn’t have wished for a better Christmas present.

She will now be able to open – and help wrap – presents this Christmas (Image: Mercury Press & Media)
Evie was born with no left hand (Image: Mercury Press & Media)

“If she could have put anything on her wish list it would have been this. The donor is like a real-life Santa.

“It gives her functionality. It’s the simple things that she’s enjoying doing now – like being able to hold and open a can of pop, brushing her hair, opening a lip balm or putting clothes on a hanger, things that we take for granted.

Evie Lambert with brother Henry (Image: Mercury Press & Media)

“When she does it her face just lights up.

“The most amazing thing will be seeing her open her presents on Christmas day. I’m also going to have her help me wrap Christmas gifts.”

Sally and her husband Duncan, 49, found out at the 20-week scan that Evie had no left hand.

Her arm has a Frozen design theme (Image: Mercury Press & Media)

Sally, who also has an eight-year-old son Henry, said: “We have had incidents where people have called her names and there have been stares, but I think she’s built up a resilience to it.”

The family heard about Bristol-based Open Bionics at a conference in September.

Soon after they got a call to say a donor had paid for a prosthetic for Evie, whose arm was fitted in November.

Sally said: “It’s the kind of thing you think happens to other people. It’s amazing.

“It’s such an act of kindness – you don’t think these people exist.”

Source of the article: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/school-girl-no-hand-gets-13755653