Doctor Makes Working Arm for Kid From His Foot Bone

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A surgeon in Maryland has fully straightened out the arm of an eight-year-old boy who was born with a radial club and he used his foot bone to do it. Lai Ding has a genetic condition that caused him to have a shorter forearm and his arm curved at a right angle.

The surgery was the first of its kind in the U.S. and was performed by Dr. Ryan Katz. He removed a bone from the boy’s second toe, including a growth plate, and created a functional hand and arm with it.

“Post-operatively, he has done great. He is walking without a limp and doing recreational activities,” says Dr. Katz. “He is using his hands more and more.” Now Lai gets physical therapy each week and is getting better all the time.

Source: Inside Edition

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