When Aynslie was very young, doctors told Heathyr, her mom, that the girl most likely needed to have her right leg amputated so she would be able to walk using a prosthetic limb. Heathyr found another way, though. And at the age of seven, Aynslie achieved something that most of her contemporaries wouldn’t even dream of trying.
When Heathyr was just over five months pregnant, she was told that her baby would be born with a congenital defect: fibular hemimelia. Heathyr immediately set about researching the condition.
Most people have two bones in the bottom half of their leg: the fibula and the tibia, the second being thicker than the first. For babies born with fibular hemimelia, however, it’s different.