ST. PAUL (WCCO) – It was a big day for an 11-year-old Iowa boy who’s been getting medical treatment here in the Twin Cities.
Teme Larson was adopted by a family in Iowa. Before he moved here from Ethiopia, he’d been in an accident where he rolled into a fire and severely damaged his leg.
Surgeons at Gillette Children’s Hospital amputated the bottom portion of his leg, from the knee down.
On Wednesday, we were there as Teme showed how he can now walk on his new prosthetic leg.
He’s been using the prosthetic for about three weeks now, and is able to get around with the help of just one crutch.
It’s been a dream of Teme’s to be able to walk comfortably on both of his legs.
Teme’s dad said his son’s a strong kid.
“He’s developing those walking muscles in his hip and the flexibility,” Scott Larson said. “The first week or two was slow but he’s really speeding up now.”
Teme’s doctors say his progress has been great and he’ll continue with physical therapy for strengthening.