Daughter’s dream of seeing her 102-year-old dad walk again comes true after he has both legs chopped off
A 102-year-old man is learning to walk on prosthetic legs – the oldest person to do so - for the sake of his daughter.
Earlier this year, Tadeusz Madera had to have both his legs amputated above the knee due to atherosclerosis, a disease in which the inside of an artery narrows due to the build-up of plaque.
Cases of the disease in the limbs most commonly affect blood flow to the limbs and are a leading cause of non-traumatic, lower-limb amputations.
Now Madera is learning to walk again, with help from orthopaedic specialists in Rzeszów, south-eastern Poland.
A photo of him shows him sitting with his prostheses clearly visible, a Polish flag in his hand and a smile on his face.
The prostheses, which include a flesh-covered upper part shaped like a thigh and black shoes, are fitted on to his thigh where his legs were amputated.
“He has the will to fight to start walking. He trains, carries out all the physiotherapist’s orders and ours,” said Mariusz Grela, head of the orthopaedic centre in Rzeszów where the man is learning to walk again.
The exercises include walking while holding on to two parallel horizontal bars, with the centre’s staff around him.
“In addition, a smile never goes off his face. He’s trying for his daughter Marta, whose dream is for her dad to be able to walk again,” he added.