What does wearing a prosthetic limb feel like? - KMSP-TV

What does wearing a prosthetic limb feel like?

Posted: Updated:

Since Boston Marathon bombings, many people have been thinking about those who lost limbs and how their lives will change -- but a 6-year-old boy is teaching others that there isn't much change at all.

Eli Brummond is not afraid to tell his story. He was born with a condition that cost him his leg when he was just one year old.

Yet, people are sometimes afraid to ask. His mother, Corinne, told FOX 9 News she'll hear people ask what's wrong with him -- so when Limb Loss Awareness Month came around, the Brummonds decided it was a perfect time to educate others.

For the students of Heritage Home School Academy, a field trip set up by Eli Brummond gave them a first-hand look into the world of prosthetics.

"See where that red line is on my prosthesis?" he pointed out. "That's where my nub ends."

Curious kids would often ask Eli about it, so the Brummond family asked Gillette Children's Hospital to show his classmates -- kindergarten to 12th grade -- how it all works.

"The more you can educate, the more you can bring in an understanding and excitement that this is not a crutch, it's freedom to him," Corinne Brummond explained.

The students learned how people are taught to use prosthetic hands and even applied what they learned. Next, they got to walk in Eli Brummond's shoes -- literally.

"It gave me a lot more of seeing what he has to go through," said Megan Blauw.

For the first time, Corinne Brummond got to experience what her son goes through too -- even if just for a moment.

"It was a priceless opportunity to be able to walk a day -- or a moment -- in someone's shoes like that," she said.

Looking at the pictures of all the activities Eli Brummond enjoys, it's obvious that he doesn't let it hold him back.

"It might be sad for other people, but it's really fun to have it for me," he said. "When it's been a long day, I usually forget I wear it."

When asked whether he had any advice for the recent amputees in Boston, Brummond said, "It's hard work to take care of your limb and your prosthetic, but that it's really fun to have a prosthetic because you're as normal as normal can be."

Powered by WorldNow

11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices