13 year old Nelly from Honduras was born with a congenital deformity of her left leg which was 15 inches shorter than her right. She required crutches in order to be mobile since a very early age. Our international partner in Honduras offered to help Nelly find an organization who could provide her with an amputation and prosthetic. It took Nelly a few years to make the difficult decision that this is what she wanted. Healing the Children Arizona was contacted and we were able to arrange for her amputation and state of the art prosthetic donated by Hanger Orthotics and Prosthetics. Nelly had her amputation in October 2012 and has been hard at work with physical therapy walking on her new prosthetic limb. HTCAZ thanks Dr. Brad Bruns, John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital, Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics, Petersen Physical Therapy and Deer Valley Anesthesia for helping Nelly achieve her lifelong dream of being able to walk and run with her friends. Nelly will return home in March, 2013 to an anxious family waiting to see her walk off the plane for the very first time. Nelly was hosted by the Carson family.

Nelly with host parents, the Carsons
Nelly with Dr. Bruns prior to surgery. Nelly is holding a casting of her limb th...
Nelly with her host sisters
Working hard with physical therapist, Jeff Petersen, at Petersen Physical Therap...
A walk in the park with her new leg