MiamiHerald / When she was 3 months old, Alexa Prieto was admitted to the pediatric hospital in the Marianao section of Havana with a fever and diarrhea. Two days later, she contracted a severe infection, and doctors amputated her legs to save her life.
After four surgeries and unsuccessful attempts to make prostheses for her, the now 3-year-old girl arrived in Miami Thursday with new hope, on a humanitarian visa, for treatment and prostheses that fit.
“This has been a miracle. My dream is to see my girl walk,” her mother, Jacqueline Vidal Torres, said after landing at the Miami International Airport.
Alexa has never stood. Her right leg was amputated above the knee and the left below it. She will have months of rehabilitation, thanks to the Prostesis Sin Frontera foundation headed by orthopedics specialists Dr. Armando Quirantes.