DETROIT (WJBK) - A 13-year-old boy is getting a chance to walk again after traveling around the world to get a new leg after losing his in an attack in June.
Mohammed lost his leg when he was shot during protests along the Israeli border in June. Now he's in Detroit, determined to walk again thanks to the Palestine Children's Relief Fund.
"The medic that tended to him, knew him. He was begging for his leg not to be taken off but because of the seriousness of the injury and the prospect of becoming septic, they had to cut off his leg," Yasmeen Hamed said.
"Luckily I've been able to work in a way that I can help a lot of people," Casteel said.Hamed is president of the Detroit Palestine Children's Relief Effort. The organization brought him to stay with a host family and to receive a prosthetic leg.
He's most excited to get back to normal - which means soccer.
Matt Warner with Anew Life Prosthetics and Orthotics in Detroit is going to craft the prosthesis that will get Mohammed walking again.
"Once we get the liner that's going to fit him, we'll take a cast of his limb with that liner and that will be the start of the prosthesis," Warner said.
After the measurements, it will be a week or two until Mohammed gets his temporary prosthetic. They'll work on the final one then he'll get into physical therapy. He could be home playing soccer in a couple of months.
"You kind of are the one that helps them get back on their feet and playing soccer like Mohammed and getting back to their normal life so it feels good," Warner said.
Anew Life Prosthetics and Orthotics is donating all of the services. It would likely be impossible for Mohammed to get a new leg back home, where he is one of seven siblings who lost their father to cancer and is now being raised by a single mom.
"Something like this would probably be at least a ten or twelve thousand dollar leg - in reality," Chris Casteel, owner of Anew Life Prosthetics and Orthotics, said.
He lost his own leg 30 years ago and for him, this is a labor of love.
Now a little boy who traveled a long way for a chance to walk again will soon get it.
"For him this is a life-changing opportunity. By the time he goes home, he'll be able to get back to his friends, get back to playing soccer - be more independent back to the way he was before he lost his leg," Hamed said.
After losing his leg in 1988, Chris Casteel became an advocate for people with limb loss. In 2011, he turned his passion for prosthetics into a business.
Anew Life Prosthetics & Orthotics assists patients who have faced limb loss, and provides prosthetic (artificial limb) or orthotic (brace) devices. The company fits and manufacturers these parts, and also has a lab on-site in order to conduct face-to-face patient meetings. Co-Owner/Member Manager Chris Casteel discusses the company’s mission.
Anew Life Prosthetics and Orthotics founder Chris Casteel spent a lot of time driving around Detroit looking for “something that would work for us.” Then he came across a sale sign on a building at the corner of Woodward and Milwaukee … the Albert Kahn-designed original Savings Bank #3 in the New Center area.
“We fell in love with the building’s architectural style,” he says. “… From there, “everything just started falling in to place.”
The Roby family of “Roby’s Shoes” owned the building. The Roby’s have been great stewards of the building and wanted a business like ours in the neighborhood. All later Albert Kahn banks were modeled after this style and replicated several times throughout the city of Detroit.
Posted on October 16, 2014 in the Detroit Hub by M Lapham
BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE FROM SOUTHGATE, MICHIGAN The News Herald - The Voice of DownRiver Amputee helps others; mission to Haiti sends emotions reeling by Shannon Rossi
Since 2001, Chris Casteel of Gibraltar has been working with amputees and to improve the way prosthetic limbs are manufactured.
This is a cause close to his heart — he himself uses a prosthetic limb. In 1988, Casteel lost the lower part of his left leg in a motorcycle accident.
Chris Casteel of Gibraltar worked with this earthquake victim in Haiti, who lost part of her leg.
Diana Cherry, Mission of Hope's prosthetics director in Haiti, helps a young amputee learn to walk again.
Chris Casteel of Gibraltar said this Haitian boy he met at an American Red Cross camp in Haiti was fascinated with his prosthetic leg. The boy wanted to know if Casteel could run. So the two went on a couple of jogs together during Casteel's recent visit.