Back in May we posted a story about Hoai Thuong, a quadruple amputee living life to the fullest in Vietnam.
Hoai saw our Project Daniel video and wondered what could be possible for her. While we're hoping that we can help her get some more devices to play with (& maybe even this year!), we asked for more images to help our determinations of what would best work for this darling dynamo.
Susan Hammond, with whom we've been communicating, sent us the YouTube video above and the photos below, and they made us fall in love all over again - reminding us to take stock of ourselves as we watched Hoai receive her leg prostheses and navigate her walker, all with a smile.
"She does not use her legs much as she needs surgery to relieve a tendon in her leg that will make walking in her prosthetics more comfortable. We are hoping that will happen later this summer. Her Mom is a bit hesitant because doctors have recommended that they amputate the lower legs to make prosthetics more comfortable to use. Not surprisingly, her Mom is not for this, and neither is Hoai Thuong as she loves toenail polish and her toes are useful to her...
Hoai Thuong does very well with the simple prosthetic she has for her arm as you can see from the video. She uses it now mostly to hold her pencil at school and you can see a sample of her handwriting below. But it is limiting."
Hope to meet you sometime soon, Hoai!