Jubilant nine-year-old runs for the very first time thanks to state-of-the-art prosthetics – after infant meningitis battle lead to quadruple amputation
Elation cannot be stifled from the face of this nine-year-old boy, who is running for the very-first time in his life after an infantile battle with meningitis left him without any of his four limbs.
Diagnosed with a severe case of meningitis at just six months old, Moshe Sasonkin of New York, USA, was never given the chance to walk – let alone run – on his own two feet, after doctors decided both his legs and arms had to be amputated in order to save his life.
A quadrilateral amputee – meaning his arms and legs had been severed below the elbow and knee – Moshe first learned to walk aged six, after Prosthetics In Motion fitted him with his first pair of artificial legs in 2015.
No longer content with just walking, Moshe returned to their Manhattan headquarters in June hoping to update his trusty prosthetics for a newer, faster model.
The energetic preschooler’s wish quickly materialized into a reality, after a number of consultations saw Moshe being presented with his own pair of custom-made running blades.
Strapping them on for the first time on June 30, 2018, little Moshe can barely contain his elation as he bounds through the corridors for the first-time, an incredulous smile etched upon his face.
Leaving the designers of the blades for dust behind him, Moshe completes several laps of the corridor until he physically can’t run no more – and the Prosthetics In Motion team have been informed he’s barely slowed down since.
Emily Grey, a member of the PIM team, said: “Moshe had never been fitted with running prosthetics before, but he adjusted to the feeling of them very quickly.
“When he first saw the prosthetics he was hesitant.
“We taught him how to trust his prosthetics and get used to the energy they return, then he was off.
“He then began running and racing everyone down the hallway.
“It was certainly a special moment for Moshe, his family and all of the staff at Prosthetics in Motion.
“He loved them so much he took them to camp where he showed all of his friends how fast he can now run.”
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