17-Year-Old Walks for the 1st Time in 9 Years at Prom

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A 17-year-old double amputee got a chance to give her brand-new dancing legs a spin at a special prom held at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Tamesha Simmons, 17, debuted her new prosthetics in public for the first time at the hospital prom, ditching the wheelchair to dance on her own two feet.

“This was my first time. My mom saw me, and she was really happy,” Tamesha said, according to the hospital. “I did way better standing up and stuff here than in therapy.”

In fact, prom was the first time Tamesha walked on two feet in nearly nine years.

She lost her legs in a double amputation in February, but hasn’t been able to walk since she was 8 years old and blood suddenly stopped flowing to her legs.

Tamesha had been using a wheelchair ever since and was nervous ahead of showing off her new legs in front of her friends.

“I was scared to go to the prom. I was scared and I didn’t want to go,” she said. “But once I came down here, I calmed down and I was having fun and stuff.”

The prom organizer Carrey Burgner explained the event was a chance for all young patients to get together and enjoy a fun night that they otherwise might have difficulty attending.

“We have children that have never walked before, we have children that don’t get out of the house, we have children that have special needs,” Burgner said. “And they all feel very safe here."

Seeing the other young patients inspired Tamesha, she said, especially a young girl who was dancing all kinds of moves with her prosthetic leg.

“She was just dancing around and stuff,” Tamesha said. “I’m going to be able to do that one day.”

Now, Tamesha’s next goal with her brand-new legs is to graduate high school and walk across the stage to receive her diploma.

“We’re working to it,” she said.


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