Girl, 3, Born with Backwards Legs Walks for the First Time After Groundbreaking $225K Surgery

MSN | 5/3/2019 | Caitlin Keating
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Victoria Komada was born with both legs bent backwards, leaving her unable to walk for the first three years of her life.

Her condition, bilateral tibial hemimelia, is a congenital deformity that causes missing bones and deformities in the legs and ankles, according to the Paley Institute.

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“We were looking for help everywhere,” her mother, Marzena Drusewicz, told SWNS.

According to the Good News Network, Victoria’s family members, who live in Poland, were first told that both of her legs needed to be amputated, but they insisted there must be another option.

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They then found Dr. Dror Paley, a surgeon in Florida who said he would be able to reconstruct one of her legs — and it would cost $235,000.

The family reached out to the public for help, and after raising the funds, they traveled in July to the Paley Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida, according to the Good News Network.

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Dr. Paley determined that he could fix the 3 year old’s left leg, but her right leg would have to be amputated and could be fitted with a prosthetic.

After the nine-hour surgery in July, Victoria’s parents “had to twist six individual screws a few millimeters each day to coax the bones excruciatingly into place,” according to the Eastern Daily Press.

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“That was a horrible time because she was crying all day and night,” Drusewicz told the newspaper. “She was saying, ‘I’ve had enough — what are you...
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