Amazing first steps of girl walking back to happiness

“One in a million” Victoria Komada has bilateral tibial hemimelia – which causes babies to be born with deformed legs and missing bones. Victoria had faced losing both her legs, and two years ago doctors said the only solution was a double amputation. But the family then found an American surgeon in Florida who performed two surgeries to save one of her legs and give her the ability to walk for the first time. Victoria’s parents managed to raise £180,000 for her treatment with the generosity of communities in Norwich and Szczecin, where the family are from in Poland. Victoria and her parents Marzena Drusewicz, 32, and Dariusz Komada, 41, returned home from Florida on Monday. They are back at home in Norwich after nine months of treatment and the young girl can now walk, run and play sport.

Marzena said of her daughter’s gruelling surgery and treatment: “She was in a lot of pain all day and all night. We had all had enough. It was really horrible. Of course I was so scared and didn’t know what was going to happen. She would cry and scream so much after the operation.

“Every week she got better and better, and now she is not in any pain at all and can walk normally. We can all start our life again now we are home.

“We were so happy when she took her first steps – we started crying. We were on the way to the car and she said, ‘Mummy, can I show you something’.”

Last July the family flew out to Florida to the Paley Institute in West Palm Beach where Dr Dror Paley told them that Victoria’s left leg could be fixed perfectly – but he would have to amputate her right leg and fit a prosthetic if she wanted to walk again.

Victoria had her first nine-hour operation on July 24 last year when her right leg was amputated above her knee and pins were put into her left leg before a fixator was attached.

Over the following months, screws were twisted into Victoria’s legs every day to move her bones into the right position.

Her second operation was on November 13 where the bones in her left leg were fused to strengthen the limb.

Two days later the youngster could walk again. The family stayed at the Quantum House charity base full time during their nine-month stay in Florida.

Victoria can now walk properly and will start school in September.

Dr Paley, who carried out the surgery, said: “We achieved all that we said we would achieve on her.

The reconstructed leg is very functional.

“She can walk and run and do sports now. She has a superb result.”

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