Nimsy’s family always believed that, one day, she would be able to walk like a normal girl.
She was born with a birth defect called a “tibial hemimelia.” In layman’s terms, that means she was born with a short, improperly-placed tibia.
Last week, Nimsy and her mom Elizabeth traveled here from Nicaragua under the assumption that they would be in the United States for four months, returning in June with a prosthetic leg.
Elizabeth has told us that, from the day of Nimsy’s birth, she has been praying for a miracle that somehow God would heal her leg and extended it. But based on x-rays taken in Jalapa, Nimsy’s team of doctors thought lengthening was not an option. Amputation was a painful, disappointing prospect.
After a week of firsts for Nimsy and Elizabeth—from sub-zero temperatures and sledding to airplanes and customs—we traveled to St. Louis to the orthopedic specialist at Shriner’s Hospital taking her case. After reviewing new x-rays and manipulating her leg, Nimsy’s doctor proceeded to announce that amputation was not the only option.
“Yes, I can extend her leg,” he told Elizabeth and Nimsy.
Both immediately cried tears of joy.
Rather than amputating her leg, Nimsy’s surgeon will begin a process of slowly pulling apart the segments of bone in her leg so new bone will form in the gaps made. This slow process leads to regeneration and increased bone length.
This amazing news presents some challenges.
First and foremost, Nimsy’s surgeon has told us that leg lengthening is the most excruciating orthopedic process he’s ever encountered. From multiple painful surgeries to months of intensive physical therapy, Nimsy will experience pain unlike anything she’s encountered. As her bone grows, the muscles in her leg will become tighter and her joints will ache.
Second, the family will be separate from each other for the rest of 2019. Nimsy’s father and brother will remain in Nicaragua while she and her mom will stay in St. Louis. After this year, they will return to Nicaragua for a year, come back to the US the following year, go back to Nicaragua, then come back to the US one final time, repeating the cycle three times.
Primarily, Nimsy and Elizabeth will live in St. Louis as they need to be near her orthopedic specialist. Two months of lodging have been graciously at the Ronald McDonald house but after that we need help to find a more permanent place for them to live. (Thank you Pediatric World Project! ❤️)
We ask for prayers for Nimsy as she's going to experience difficulty during this time, prayers for their family separation, and prayers for funds to help provide housing for them. Ultimately, we are so grateful that Elizabeth’s vision of Nimsy’s future will come true. At the end of this 6 year journey, Nimsy will have two full-functional legs!
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