Hello New Leg...Hello Kitty

Last week Lily's received her new leg!  

Lily with her old leg

 This leg is different in so many ways.

A little sister love while waiting for the unveiling of the new leg....

The most significant difference is that it has a new knee...a polycentric knee...that is able to bend without any assistance from mom, yet has some resistance/tension in it so that it isn't simply a hinge knee like had been tried (unsuccessfully) before.  It seems like a really good option for Lily upon initial inspection.

Not the best picture my phone has ever taken, but it will have to do...

She has a new larger foot...for her other to catch up to!
Lily getting her new SureStep foot brace for her other foot.

The pattern on the socket is Hello Kitty!  A favorite of Lily's for the last several months.

The leg is quite a bit heavier than the old one...that will take some adjusting to for Miss Lily...and some extra calorie intake.  Lugging around a prosthetic causes extra calorie burn for a prosthetic wearer.

The socket is much tighter around her limb than the last one.  That has been making it a challenge for me to get it on her!  Tomorrow we return to Mr. Don and we'll talk through this particular issue and some discomfort she's been having.  Please pray we'll get a perfect fit for her!

Lily was unsure about walking on the new leg, understandably.  However, she's been cruising furniture with it on and walking with her walker and while holding our hands.  

She's even taken some independent steps several times a day.  That's all fine and good until the knee gives out on her!  Then we have one unhappy little girl!

It hasn't stopped her from racing her brother, however!

That picture and these next ones were taken by Emma...do you notice a major little improvement in photo taking ability?

 On your marks...get set...


And they're off to the races...again!  (Aren't they too cute?!)

In Him,


  1. Mandy,
    I love the photo of Lily sitting on the table with the doctor looking at her foot. Her one dear little leg is so pretty. She is just so adorable.

  2. The cutest!!! LOVE that they are doing so well! sorry I missed your whole trip to China but caught up and am back! Blessings and love!

    1. No worries! You are the whole reason I was able to post on here while we were in China! Thank you so much for the info on how to do that! It worked flawlessly & I was able to pass it on to another family while we were in Guangzhou so they could access their blog, too. Many, many thanks!

  3. Mandy, i would love to get in touch with you, but can't find your email address. We are adopting a little one from New Hope with arthrogryposis and I would love to touch base (and I want to know your secret for blogging in China too!). We should travel early November!! Can't wait!!!

    Love the pictures of the races. :)
    Julie (juliemichelle37@hotmail.com)