A 9-year-old Georgia boy born without complete legs will soon be able to walk on his own thanks to the generosity of a local CEO.
“I’m excited and sleepy at the same time,” Jaxon Lewis told WSB-TV moments before taking his first steps with his new prosthetic legs.
The Rome, Georgia, boy was born with proximal femoral focal deficiency – a disorder that causes partial and missing limbs. He has no left leg and his right leg and arm are shortened.
After custom legs were crafted for him, the insurance that was going to cover the $70,000 cost was canceled. In March, Jaxon’s coverage under Social Security insurance that paid for previous prosthetics was terminated suddenly when his stepfather’s income was found to exceed the allowable limit, reports the Rome News-Tribune.
“It’s really unfair. He works to support and provide for his family, but there are still days that we struggle, his mother, Jessica Noles, told in October. “We’re not too poor and we’re not too rich, just stuck in the middle. We are average.”
The family’s private insurance also didn’t cover the prosthetics, and doctors stressed the importance of getting the boy new limbs soon to prevent future medical issues.
When CEO David Vinson of Kids R Kids learning Academies heard Jaxon’s story on the local news, he contacted the station and told them he wanted to help. His company then made a donation to cover the cost of Jaxon’s prosthetics.
We knew we had to get him up and walking, and it was a miracle. David was a blessing, Noles told WSB-TV.
On Thursday, Jaxon received his new artificial limbs and took his first steps. He told the news station he’s most excited to be able to play football with his friends. He’s served as a coach’s assistant for local peewee team and is eager to get on the field.
“Jaxon is just a great kid,” coach Paden Brownlow told the Rome News-Tribune. “He’s never wanted anything. He just wants to be looked at as normal, and that’s what he is.”