Home / Health / Minn. toddler walks four days after having his leg amputated

Minn. toddler walks four days after having his leg amputated

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 3:12 AM

Vincent Lynick, a 1-year-old, was born without a tibia in his left leg. KARE-TV Vincent Lynick, a 1-year-old, was born without a tibia in his left leg. 

A Minnesota toddler stunned his worried parents when he stood up and walked just four days after having his leg amputated.

Vincent Lynick, who was born without a left tibia, had just celebrated his first birthday when he underwent the complicated several-hour surgery, USA Today reported.

The super rare Tibial Hemimelia condition affects just one-in-a-million people, and meant his left leg was seriously shorter than his right.

Due to having no bone connecting the knee to the ankle, his foot was also angled inwards.

At first, his parents Sally and Michael were unsure whether their young son should have his limb removed from above or below the knee.

But after consulting a host of experts the caring Burnsville, Minn., couple decided it would be below, thinking that it would eventually help him to walk easier on a prosthetic.

Immediately after the operation, surgeons at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Minneapolis said that little Vincent had “done great.”

And, just days later, the energetic infant was back to rushing around his living room. He walked so much that his cast actually fell off.

“He was walking after four days. One day he took ten steps even,” his mom told KARE.

Sally and Michael Lynick decided to get an amputation for their newborn son and outfit him with a prothestic in order to improve his chances at walking.KARE-TV Sally and Michael Lynick decided to get an amputation for their newborn son and outfit him with a prothestic in order to improve his chances at walking. Immediately after the operation, surgeons at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Minneapolis said that little Vincent had "done great."KARE-TV Immediately after the operation, surgeons at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Minneapolis said that little Vincent had “done great.” Vincent Lynick, a 1-year-old, was born without a tibia in his left leg. Sally and Michael Lynick decided to get an amputation for their newborn son and outfit him with a prothestic in order to improve his chances at walking.KARE-TV Vincent Lynick, a 1-year-old, was born without a tibia in his left leg. Sally and Michael Lynick decided to get an amputation for their newborn son and outfit him with a prothestic in order to improve his chances at walking. Just days after surgery, the energetic infant was back to rushing around his living room. He walked so much that his cast actually fell off.KARE-TV Just days after surgery, the energetic infant was back to rushing around his living room. He walked so much that his cast actually fell off.

Previous Next

Enlarge

The toddler will be fitted for his first prosthetic leg next month, and will then get a new one every single year.

Lynick said she felt that they’d made the right decision. “It feels right,” she told USA Today.

Follow on Twitter @lee_moran

ON A MOBILE DEVICE? CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO.


Health – NY Daily News

About

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

Scroll To Top