Ezra Frech thinks of himself as an athlete, not disabled. Ezra’s motto is “You can Dream it, You can Hope for it, or You can Make It Happen.”
Ezra was born with congenital limb differences, missing his left knee and left fibula, and fingers on his left hand. At 11 months, when he started to pull himself up to stand, he received his first prosthetic leg. He quickly learned to walk and has been unstoppable ever since.
When Ezra was two and a half years-old, he had surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital to remove the lower, non-functioning part of his left leg, and to transplant a toe from the amputated foot to his left hand. By creating a more streamlined residual limb, Ezra was able to fit better fit in prosthetics. When he was four years old, he received his first leg with a knee and his first cheetah running leg from Hanger Clinic. Having a knee allowed Ezra to develop a more normalized gait. The cheetah leg made it easier for run and play sports with the able-bodied kids. Ezra had a follow-up hand surgery when he was 5 years old to help improve the functionality of his left hand.
Needless to say, Ezra has battled through hundreds of hours in Occupational and Physical Therapy to improve and optimize the functionality of his left hand.