There are several reasons why a child could be missing a limb.
He may have lost it in a trauma, like a car accident. He may need to have it amputated (removed) after an infection. Or maybe, he was born without it, a congenital issue.
No matter how it happens, losing all or part of the arm, hand, leg, or foot can be scary. However, it doesn’t mean that a child will never be able to live a normal life.
A prosthetic is a replacement for a missing limb. It can help a child with tasks of everyday functioning, like walking, getting dressed, or eating.
As technology has improved, prosthetics have become more comfortable and functional—to the point that many prosthetic-wearers can be active in everything from mountain climbing to marathon running.
One of the most impressive parts of a prosthetic is its appearance. A process called cosmesis can make a prosthetic look completely lifelike—which can make a child more comfortable and less self-conscious in social settings.