Victoria Komada was born with both of her legs bent backwards, so she couldn’t walk for the first few years of her life. She had bilateral tibial hemimelia, a congenital deformity that causes missing bones and deformities in her legs and ankles. The little girl’s family, who live in Poland, were told that both of her legs needed to be amputated, but they felt there had to be another solution.
They found Dr. Dror Paley, a surgeon in Florida who was able to reconstruct one of Victoria’s legs, but it was going to cost them $235,000. So the family raised the funds with help from donations and the three-year-old girl underwent a nine-hour surgery to fix her left leg. Her right leg had to be amputated and she was fitted with a prosthetic, and months later she underwent another surgery on her left leg that fused the bones together. And miraculously, this little girl was walking just two days later!
“Sometimes there aren’t enough words to describe the appreciation,” Victoria’s mother, Marzena Drusewicz says. “She can walk normally and we can all start our life again now that we are home.”