Declan Farmer was born with proximal femoral focal deficiency (PFFD), a birth defect that affected both his hips and bones in the lower legs. He needed six surgeries to be able to use prosthetic legs. Then he needed several more operations to rebuild his hip.
When Declan came to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as a 3-year-old, the doctors were concerned that he was still unable to walk. “That is why his story is so inspirational,” said Brian Giavedoni, Senior Prosthetist. “He was having difficulty even walking. He went from that to what he is doing now.”
When Declan was 16, the congenital limb deficiency in both legs required amputation. One leg was amputated above the knee and the other below. Despite his limb deficiency, Declan remained interested in playing sports.