Samaritans to help teenager replace stolen prosthetic leg

first_imgWHITTIER – Melissa Huff received checks for a new prosthetic leg Friday from two real estate finance companies at Whittier’s Kolman Prosthetics. When Melissa, 16, discovered the leg was missing, she wondered why someone would steal the leg, which is priceless to her but useless to anyone else because it was custom-made for her. Huff’s prosthetist and orthotist, Freire worked with the teenager for nearly two years hand-crafting prosthetic legs so she can walk and play softball with Arcadia High School’s freshmen/sophomore softball team. Melissa’s leg was lost at age 13 when she was struck by a car in the parking lot outside Dana Middle School in Arcadia. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Melissa spent 33 days in the hospital recovering. Her first priority when she went home was to get back on the softball field. Less than a week after she got home, she was playing first base again with the customized, $16,000 prosthesis. “She couldn’t really stand. She hadn’t learned how to walk yet, but she wanted to play. She’s been playing since she was 8 years old,” said her mother, Lisa Huff. Rescom Financial and Realty Executives of Arcadia together donated $10,600 for the new leg after loan officer agent Anthony Colon read about Melissa’s story in a newspaper. “When I heard that someone stole her leg, I was appalled,” Colon said. “I thought, `What is this world coming to?”‘ The $16,000 prosthetic leg was stolen Nov. 1 from Huff’s home in Temple City while she was at school. Alejandro Freire, offered to donate about $6,000 for Melissa’s new leg because her insurance doesn’t cover the entire replacement cost. “The part that the leg sits on is handmade,” said Freire. “It’s kind of like a painting: Each one is different.” Melissa was fitted for the new prosthetic leg Friday. She will pick up the new prosthetic Friday, after Freire builds the artificial limb in a lab near his office on Greenleaf Avenue. Melissa looks forward to getting back on the softball field next week with her new customized leg. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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