Gerhardus Visser

Born / 25 October 2011
School / Woelie Woeps Nursery School
Lives in / Vrede, Free State, South Africa

Story

Gerhardus was born with a congenital condition that left him with no fibular in his left leg.

His leg was amputated by Dr. Ruan Goller at Steve Biko Academic Hospital on 17 October 2012.

The amputation took place one week before his first birthday.

Since becoming a Jumping Kid Gerhardus has…

  • developed into an active toddler  with an easy-going, happy nature
  • discovered running and just loves it
  • shown no developmental issues and does whatever other kids his age does
  • displayed a tendency to rely on his prosthetic more than his natural limb for balance and stability
  • represented the Jumping Kids Prosthetic Fund at the  Ro3 Oasis Water4Good event (2012)
  • started attending a mainstream nursery school in 2015

Q&A

Best Jumping Kids moment/s:

When Gerhardus took his first steps on his prosthetic leg.

Future goal/s:

As parents we just want what is best for our son and will support and encourage him to achieve academically as well as on the sports field.

Message:

A child living with an amputation is not disabled. Given the opportunity, they can lead normal, healthy lives, achieve any goal and overcome any obstacle.

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