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.
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.
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.
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.