Walk! Run! Fly!
Organized by: Laura Calamuci
Mom’s Adopted Son Has Legs Amputated Due To Deformity, Now Insurance Won’t Pay For Prosthetics Sixteen years ago, a little boy named Christian was born in South Africa. But Christian was, and is, no ordinary boy. Christian suffered from congenital deformities of his lower limbs at birth, which included bowing of the tibias, fixed knees, and lack of ankle flection. Because his body looked so contorted and he had special needs, Christian was abandoned by his birth parents. He was moved to a hospice and was expected to die there. Christian survived and surpassed the odds. But he was moved to an abusive and overcrowded orphanage. Every night, he prayed for a loving and accepting mother to come and rescue him. Enter Laura Calamuci, a retired teacher from Brooklyn, NY. While Christian was suffering in the orphanage, Laura was looking to adopt a child with special needs. During her search, she stopped dead in her tracks. Staring back at her in a close-up photo was 4-year-old Christian, grinning from ear-to-ear. However, she couldn’t see what he looked like from the waist down. But when Laura watched a video of Christian sent to her by the orphanage, she saw his legs and the way in which he walked — and instead of it being a deterrent, it made her love Christian even more. Two years later, Laura brought Christian home. According to Laura, Christian’s adoption was the first adoption where they adjusted the law to allow an American to adopt a South African child without living in South Africa or marrying a South African. Christian’s new extended family embraced him with open arms, and it’s easy to see why — Christian is an incredibly kindhearted teenager who, despite his nightmarish beginnings, only sees the good in others. Christian has been bound to a wheelchair since early childhood. In July 2016, he underwent surgery for bilateral leg amputation. By doing so, Christian hopes to be able to walk with ease, but only if he can purchase a set of prosthetic legs and micro-processor knees. Unfortunately, Laura’s insurance company will pay for only one prosthetic leg, and prosthetics are incredibly expensive, approximately $100,000 EACH knee. Christian has started walking with the basic starter or safety leg. The knee bends by pulling on a cable. He walks with a straight leg now. This is no life for a 17 year old. Please dig into your pockets to help. You don't even have to dig too deep. Every dollar helps and Christian is so grateful to everyone. Next week he will start sampling the different types of micro processor knees available. He will find the one that suits him best and then he will be able to WALK! RUN! FLY! Watch Christian’s powerful videos and share his pictures with everyone. One share from everybody reaches hundreds of people. There is no time to waste. Please SHARE this story with your friends .