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Walking Away on New Legs: Prosthetics Provide Renewed Mobility

In the spring of 1999, Ibadete Thaqi was just 14 years old when she picked up a bucket of water in Kosovo not knowing there was a land mine in it. The explosion blew off both her legs and changed her life forever.

On January 6, 2000, she arrived at HSS through the help of charitable donations where she received medical care from trauma surgeon Dr. David Helfet. Prosthetics and Orthotics designed and constructed her new legs and the Department of Rehabilitation trained her on how to walk on them.

David Helfet, MD, Ibadete Thaqi, and Alison Gunn, R.N.

Now at 22, the recent college graduate returned to Kosovo, after stopping by HSS this past summer to say "so long" to the staff members who cared for her for the past eight years.

Ibadete Thaqi, center, bids farewell to the Prosthetics and Orthopedics team.

Walking Away on New Legs