Montgomery 2nd grader to be gifted prosthetic limb
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - A second grader in Montgomery is getting the gift of a lifetime thanks to his physical education teacher and others who came together to help him.
7-year-old Smart Amuro is a tad shy but loves learning new things.
“He’s always been a bright child. Whatever is being taught, he will go over it over and over again,” said Ayodele Amuro, Smart’s father
While he’s just like most kids his age, he does have a limb difference known as proximal focal femoral deficiency, or PFFT.
“Now that he’s getting older he’s asked the questions like, ‘Why is my leg like this? Why can’t I walk like all those kids,’” said Oluseyi Amuro, Smart’s mother
After moving to Montgomery from Africa with his parents last year, he started attending Brewbaker Primary School.
“He has a positive attitude. In PE I just noticed way more that he had a little deficiency, but he doesn’t use it as any type of a crutch. He does everything every other student does. He plays as hard or harder than they do,” said Allen Joiner, Brewbaker Primary School PE teacher.
Taking the lead to try to find someone who could help Smart, Joiner connected the Amuros with Glenn Crumpton with Alabama Artificial Limb & Orthopedic Service, who is familiar with PFFT.
“So once we put him in a prosthetic device, it will be easy enough for us to do that for him, and then he will adapt to it very quickly,” said Crumpton.
With the timing of how this has all come together, some are calling this a Christmas miracle.
“I am kind of surprised, and we are very glad. We’re actually very happy,” said Oluseyi Amuro.
“It just really does something for your heart. It’s just a good feeling to be able to help,” said Joiner.
“I’ll tell you who it’s a miracle for is everybody that wanted to help him,” said Crumpton.
The Amuros said this means a great deal for their family, and they believe receiving this prosthetic device for their some will build his confidence overall.
Sometime next year, Smart will receive his prosthetic device from Alabama Artificial Limb & Orthopedic Service in Montgomery.
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