11-year-old boy fulfills wish to have his leg amputated

By Camille H, Parent Herald March 27, 01:07 pm

For years now, 11-year-old Amit Vigoda has dreamed of having his leg amputated.

Amit suffers from a condition called congenital pseudarthrosis of the fibula and tibia, combined with osteofibrous dysplasia.

With the consent of his parents and after a very long decision-making process, Amit's mother and father agreed to make his wish a reality.

"We hope it will give him great mobility and a life without limitation. He'll be able to do all the things he wants to do with maximum function and minimal pain," Zimra told FOX News.

Amit's condition affects between one out of every 140,000 to 250,000 births, according to the National Institutes of Health, and causes the bones in the legs to become extremely weak, leaving them vulnerable to fracturing.

Amit is only able to walk with the help of crutches or by hopping on one foot or crawling. He's undergone several surgeries but nothing that has really worked.

In her blog, Zimra wrote: "I awake to a familiar screech. 'Mommmmmyyyy... HELP! Mooommmmyyy... I want to cut it off, I can't stand it anymore... I hate my leg... make it stop!,' he hollers, eyes wide open yet not quite awake."

Amit told ABC News, "I am a little bit afraid, but I have been through so much, it's just like another surgery - except it will change my life. I won't have any pain anymore and I can run and jump and play soccer."

At the age of seven, Amit's doctors suggested that he undergo an operation to amputate his right leg. But back then, his parents were still not ready.

As Amit got older, his doctors told the family that it is no longer something they should decide on: it was now up to Amit to make the decision - and he did.

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