Nour was sitting on a table in the small gym at the orthotics and prosthetics department at Children’s worrying about her new sandal. Kneeling next to her was Amy Bridges, a prosthetic resident, who was closely examining the strappy, silver sandals Nour wanted to wear.
It wasn’t long ago that Nour was worried about being different than her classmates. These days, making sure her footwear is compatible with her prosthetic is one of her most pressing concerns.
Nour was born with bilateral proximal femoral focal deficiency (PFFD), a birth defect that affects the growth of the hips and legs. For Nour, it resulted in her left leg being shorter than her right and instability in both hips.
As Nour grew, so did the length discrepancy between her legs, resulting in a noticeable limp and back pain.