Dozens of physically challenged athletes have gained new opportunities to exercise. The Challenge Athlete Foundation hosted a running clinic in Mission Bay on Saturday morning. There are athletes of all ages. Many are children, who have had their limbs amputated or were born with physical disabilities.
Saturday’s clinic first showed a new prosthetic running leg to 10-year-old Jonah Villamil from Chula Vista. The prosthesis was paid for through a grant from the Challenge Athlete Foundation.
A few minutes after receiving his new prosthesis, Jonah and his three brothers were running on the grass.
“Because he was really sick, his body went into septic shock. His organs failed, and they told us that he still had a 10% chance of survival,” said John’s mother Roda Villamir.
Jonah survived his brother’s bone marrow transplant, but the disease killed the bone tissue on John’s leg.
“Jonah just participated in a jiu-jitsu competition. We don’t understand.’He is healthy. How could he be so sick?’” Roda Villamir said.
Jonah’s parents were hesitant to determine the date of the amputation. It was Jonah who pushed his parents to set a date for the operation.
“He wants it on his birthday. He wants to get it on his brother’s birthday. He wants to do this so that he can be the best he can be,” Roda Villamir said.
In addition to getting a new prosthesis, he also received instructions on how to run and walk. The Challenged Athletes Foundation has helped many people get running legs. This is an item that is not covered by insurance and its cost may be between US$15,000 and US$30,000.
“Most kids just want to run. You can see. All they want to do is go out and get active, and we want to provide them with ways to get active at the speed and speed they want,” the challenger Said Travis Ricks, project director of the foundation.
Due to his illness, Jonah’s other leg may be amputated. For now, he has shown that even the most serious injuries cannot slow him down.
Post time: Nov-11-2021