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Former Patient Builds Prostheses For Injured Veterans

April 20, 2018 2:31 PM | Tangier Shrine (Administrator)

Michael Varro came to Shriners Hospitals for Children–Twin Cities after he was born with an underdeveloped foot. At the age of 11, he had to have his leg amputated. Since that day, he's become an inspiration to so many — working as a prosthetist for wounded soldiers and representing the USA in paralympic rowing. He says it is his positive experiences with staff and other patients at the hospital that led him on his journey to success.

Before and after his amputation, Michael worked with a prosthetist, Todd, to develop his prosthetic leg, which would allow him to walk again and participate in the activities he loved. He has now followed that dream and has become a prosthetist himself and is currently working for the VA Hospital in Lake Nona, Florida. 

While Michael wished he could have served in the military himself, he was disqualified due to his amputation. But with great pride he says, "In a really cool way, I found this career and get to serve those that served, which -- in many ways -- fills my heart more than I could have hoped for."

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