3.18.2009

Aimee Mullins & Her 12 Pairs of Legs

This blog still gets a lot of hits from searches on fibular hemimelia, mainly from parents with young kids who have been diagnosed with fh seeking answers about whether to amputate. This recent 10-minute talk by athlete/model/activist Aimee Mullins--diagnosed with fibular hemimelia in both legs as a child--should add some perspective. It's a spectacular piece about, among other things, seeing prostheses not as replacements and imitations but as mindblowing design opportunities. I'm not sure anyone could watch it without coveting at least one pair of Aimee's legs. I've never been excited about shoe shopping, but I could get really excited about leg shopping.

Aimee Mullins: