Sunday 22 July 2018

Prosthetic leg of boy (4) stolen as he visits beach for first time

Liam Brenes
Liam Brenes

Tomas Heneghan

Thieves made off with a boy’s prosthetic leg during his first trip to the beach in California last weekend.

The theft happened while Liam Brenes (4) was visiting Crystal Cove State Beach, Orange County with his family on Sunday.

Liam Brenes, four, with his parents, Amanda McFarland, and Frank Brenes,
Liam Brenes, four, with his parents, Amanda McFarland, and Frank Brenes,

Liam’s father, Frank had told him to leave his Star Wars themed prosthetic leg with the family’s other belongings on the sand to ensure it wouldn’t be damaged in the water.

Liam spoke to KABC-TV Los Angeles after the incident, explaining: “We were in the water for two hours. And came back and everything was gone. They stole my leg.”

His mother, Amanda told the station: “It’s just heartless. It’s a child’s leg, you know? He needs it to be able to get around and function normally.”

When Liam was a one-year-old he developed a rare bone disorder called fibular aplasia, tibial campomelia and oligodactyly (FATCO) syndrome, which led him to having to use a prosthetic leg.

Following the theft, which also included the family’s phone, camera and wallet, the young boy had planned to ask for a new prosthetic leg from Santa for Christmas.

However a family friend set up a GoFundMe page for the cause and which has managed to raise $16,700 so far.

Robert Herjavec, who stars in TV series ‘Shark Tank’ also made an offer to pay for the new prosthetic leg.

Herjavec also arranged a trip to Disney for the family.

Speaking to ABC Herjavec said: “It just broke my heart. I mean to think about what the little boy has gone through and with everything that’s happening in the world and so much negativity.”

“I just thought if I had the opportunity to make him grow up in an environment where he thinks there are some good people in the world, why not?,” he added.

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