“Had her right foot amputated at age 2”
Maddie was adopted from China when she was two years old. Shortly after coming to the United States, Maddie was admitted to Shriners Hospital – Twin Cities to have the lower portion of her right leg amputated due to a congenital defect. The amputation and then prosthetic fittings allowed Maddie to be able to learn to walk.
Now 8 years old, Maddie has undergone a total of four surgeries to amputate her foot, remove an extra toe, and centralize her right fibula. She is facing a fifth surgery this December. Maddie has never let her limb deficiency hold her back. She’s an actress, a singer, an equestrian, a swimmer, a gymnast, and even participated in her first 5K this past summer. Her kind and giving personality helped Maddie emerge as a leader and positive role model to her peers at a summer camp for children with limb deficiencies. Her nominating Child Life Specialist at Shriners calls Maddie “gentle and strong.” Maddie’s mom, Pamela, said “She just thinks she’s a regular kid, but she’s a hero to me. It was such a pleasure to see her recognized for all she’s been through.”
Kids Wish Network and Shriners Hospital for Children –Twin Cities would like to honor Maddie’s bravery and strength by naming her as a Hero of the Month! Congratulations, Maddie!
Courtesy of KARE NBC 11 Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN