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Oscar Pistorius was the first double amputee to win a championship race that included able-bodied runners, making him someone to watch and hope for when he participated in the 2012 Olympic Games. Pistorius, who had both legs amputated at 11 months old, suffers from fibular hemimelia, a condition where the bone of the lower leg is absent or shortened causing instability. This condition also affects 15-year-old Seth Melvin.

Unlike Pistorius, Melvin was given the choice as to whether or not to have his leg amputated-a choice which is rare to teens. Most people affected by fibular hemimelia have their limbs amputated as infants or after infection or trauma leaves few other choices available. When Melvin’s parents were presented with the option of amputation, they refused, stating that it was their son’s decision to make.

At first, Melvin favored reconstruction of his leg, but after eliciting advice from people with similar experiences, he soon realized amputation can give him a shot at a more capable lifestyle, and avoid lengthy surgeries to try and elongate his limb that hold no guarantee for success. Melvin has remarkably accepted his condition and welcomes the surgery that could greatly improve his quality of life with the great advances in prosthetic technology. This brave teen has every chance at a bright future ahead of him-perhaps even an Olympic one! We’re all rooting for you Seth!

If you, or anyone you know is experiencing foot or leg abnormalities, set up an appointment with Dr. Purdy at the Foot Clinic to see what steps you can take to make sure it does not interfere with your daily life!

Jon Purdy, DPM



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