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11-Year-Old Gets His Wish of Amputation

11-Year-Old Gets His Wish of Amputation

Amit Vigoda, an 11-year-old boy has been pressing his family members as he has been wishing to get his right leg amputated. After a long and painful decision making process his parents have agreed to give in and let their son get what he wants. Amit’s mother, Zimra Vigoda, told FoxNews earlier, “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.”

11-Year-Old Gets His Wish of Amputation

You are probably wondering why an eleven year old boy wants his leg to be amputated. Amit has an innate rare condition called Congenital Pseudarthrosis of the fibula and tibia, combined with Osteofibrous Dysplasia. This condition renders some bones in the legs to get very weak, making it gullible to fractures. Also, when the bones do fracture, they do not heal very well. As per the National Institutes of Health, Congenital Pseudarthrosis of the tibia alone affects between 1 out of every 140,000 to 250,000 births.

Amit has lived with this condition since birth and find it extremely painful to move around in crutches all the time. “I’ve thought about it for a long time,” Amit told FoxNews.com. “Me and my parents and my family sat down and talked about it.  I asked a lot of people questions, and I decided I want to amputate.”

Amit’s mother says that they were in a dilemma since his birth about the amputation. “We met with the head of the orthopedic department, and he said we had three options,” she recalls. She even remembers having three options put before her –  “One, it’ll heal by itself; two, he’ll go through a series of operations, and in the end he’ll end up amputating; or three, we can amputate early at around age 2, and he’ll get used to a prosthetic.”

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