Toddler gets new prosthetic leg after theft


Shriners Hospital jumped in to help a three-year-old boy after his prosthetic leg was stolen 12 days ago in Illinois.

Josiah has been without a prosthesis for nearly two weeks and his mother feared it would take months to get a new one. 

She inadvertently left the leg in his backpack, along with her wallet in her car overnight. The next morning, the wallet, backpack, and Josiah’s $10,000 leg were gone.

Josiah has done a great job getting around without the leg but the importance of walking will only grow as he does. 

As the news of the theft spread around the world, Josiah’s mom had hoped that the thief would return the leg. 

While that has not happened, Shriners Hospital workers expedited the replacement process casting a new leg hire, having it constructed in Portland, and shipped to St. Louis in just a week. 

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