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Santiago "Santi" Huron


Santiago Thomas Huron, Jr. was born March 3rd, 1998 into the loving arms of a large family. "Santi", as he is affectionately called, is the tenth born child of twelve children. Before the age of three months, Santi underwent four surgeries for the repair of hernias and the insertion of a gastro-intestinal tube. For the succeeding five years of his life, he would battle severe gastro-intestinal reflux, requiring medication, therapy, and careful diet.

At the age of three, the extreme curve of Santi's spine became a real concern. After finally locating an orthopedist at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida, a series of procedures were taken to control the "corkscrew" style curve of his spine. After braces and therapy failed, surgery remained the only option. Santi underwent two surgeries at the age of three to insert steel rods; unfortunately, these surgeries also proved to be failures.


Santi's final surgery took place on March 8th, 2004, consisting of the insertion of two titanium rods wrapped in wire supported by titanium plates. His spine is now fused from the seventh thoracic vertebrae to his pelvis, resulting in a growth of 8 inches in height! This radical fusion procedure prevents Santi from some normal movements we all take for granted, but doesn't stop him from enjoying running, jumping, and playing in the ocean!

Santi came to Gainesville Prosthetics and was fitted for a TLSO that will help him stand up straighter and mainly to remind him to keep good posture. To read more information about Santi and his amazing story, please go to his website: where you can see updates about Santi and his family.

Tobias "Toby" King


Toby was born at home on Sunday, January 6th, 2008 at 12:45pm. Soon after he was born and while his father was cutting the umbilical cord, they noticed that Toby only had 4 toes on his right foot. His parents then noticed that his right leg was shorter than his left and there was a bone that was bowing out under the skin.


This surprised his family because they had a completely normal and healthy pregnancy and birth. Toby had x-rays done at 5 days old and on January 30th Toby was diagnosed with a congenital bone deformity called Fibular Hemimelia. Fibular Hemimelia is a condition where Toby is missing the Fibula (outer and narrower bone next to the Tibia) in his right leg and his Tibia (the larger of the two bones in the lower leg) is shorter and bowed. Toby's Femur (thigh bone) is slightly shorter than the left one as well.

Toby was fit with a prosthesis at Gainesville Prosthetics and learned to successfully crawl and is now walking in his second prosthesis. To read more information about Toby and his amazing story, please go to his website: where you can see updates about Toby and his family.

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Paul E. Prusakowski, CPO, LPO, FAAOP
Keven Dunn, MSPO, CPO, LPO
Marie Vanasse, CPO, LPO
Gainesville Prosthetics
3870 NW 83rd St
Gainesville, FL, 32606
Phone: (352) 331 4221
Fax: (352) 332 8074

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