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Pride Mafira

Jim Cahill is vice president of Thompson Custom Orthotics and Prosthetics. He was traveling in Africa and met a Frederick Mafira and his son, Pride, who was born without a femur in his leg, which was amputated. Cahill, who lost his own leg in the Coast Guard, invited the father and son to Spokane, where he fit Pride for a leg. In addition, Mafira, is being trained in prosthetic fabrication, which will help him care for Pride as he grows and also provide the father with a trade when he returns to Zimbabwe.


Courtesy of Diana Morrison - Thompson Custom O&P

Frederick Mafira poses for a photo with his son, Pride, who was born without a femure in his leg. Father and son were in Victoria Falls last August when they went to the FedEx station to get the package that contained Pride’s prosthesis.


Dan Pelle - The Spokesman-Review

Pride Mafira, 6, from Zimbabwe, gets an adjustment from Jim Cahill of Thompson Custom Orthotics and Prosthetics, June 15, 2011, in Spokane, Wash. The boy was born without a femur in his leg and had it amputated at six months of age.


Dan Pelle - The Spokesman-Review

Pride Mafira, 6, from Zimbabwe, plays with a inflated rubber glove at Thompson Custom Orthotics and Prosthetics, June 15, 2011, in Spokane, Wash., as Tigger the office cat wanders past in the waiting room area.


Dan Pelle - The Spokesman-Review

Pride Mafira walks with his new leg while his father, Frederick, takes a snap shot at Thompson Custom Orthotics and Prosthetics, June 15, 2011, in Spokane, Wash.


Dan Pelle - The Spokesman-Review

Pride Mafira pushes Stacey Cahill around the second floor of Thompson Custom Orthotics and Prosthetics, June 15, 2011, in Spokane, Wash.


Dan Pelle - The Spokesman-Review

Pride Mafira visits Thompson Custom Orthotics and Prosthetics, June 15, 2011, in Spokane, Wash.

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