Boy Loses Left Leg And Fingers On One Hand, But Now He’s Playing All Of His Favorite Sports

by Lindsey Smith
Lindsey is from Florida and has worked in online and print media. Her happy place is Michaels craft store.

Ezra Frech is like every other 12-year-old kid. The boy loves sports like track and field as well as basketball.

But unlike other kids his age, Ezra was born with congenital limb difference resulting in the amputation of his left leg and missing fingers on his left hand.

“I was born with one finger on my left hand and a lower left leg that was curved in,” Ezra explains. “I had surgery when I was two-and-a-half years old and the doctors removed the curved part of my left leg and they transplanted the big toe and put it onto my left hand.”

Ezra could have taken two paths.

He could have let his disability define him or he could have made the most of what cards he was given and create a positive impact on the world. Ezra chose the latter!

“We’re all different and we all have challenges,” Ezra says. “And what makes us stronger is getting around those challenges, pushing through the challenges, hopping over the obstacles.”

Now, the boy is traveling all over the country giving motivational speeches, like one he did for We Day, which you can see in the video, as well as talking to a basketball team he admires: The Golden State Warriors.

“It was so amazing,” Ezra says. “Usually, I don’t get nervous before speeches but oh man, I was really nervous before that one!” As you’ll see in the clip below, Ezra also got to shoot some hoops with the team.

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