By Hannah Stevens @Hannahshewans
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Videographer / director: Adam Gray
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Aiden Godoy, from Naples, Florida, was born with proximal femoral focal deficiency, or PFFD also known as CFD, which left him with a malformed right leg.
The eight year old's parents were advised to amputate the leg but they refused and decided to explore a rotationplasty.
Aiden had his lower leg and foot rotated 180 degrees, his tibia was fused to the proximal femur. His foot is positioned where the knee used to be, with the heel portion in front and the toes pointing back, the ankle now functions in place of the knee joint.
Now Aiden is using his new leg to master basketball, swimming and riding in his families ATV’s.
He told Barcroft TV: “My ankle is now my knee. I like my leg because I can be unique.
“When I grow up I want to be a NBA player. Even with my rotationplasty I can run faster than most people.”
Aiden’s mum Rosi Cires, 30 said: “He was born with PFFD deficiency and the rotationplasty surgery was the best choice - they rotated his leg a 180 degrees so it could work as a joint and so now his ankle and his heel works as the knee joint.
“We found out that Aiden had congenital femur deficiency when I was about 34 to 35 weeks pregnant.
“Congenital femur deficiency is a birth defect and it’s when you have a difference in your femurs; it’s not genetic.
“They don't have an answer as to why it happens. It just happens to one out of a hundred thousand that are born.”
After refusing amputation, the family were given two choices by Doctor Paley at the Paley Institute – rotationplasty or limb lengthening. They opted for the rotationplasty.
Rosi said: “As a parent you are thinking to yourself, I am making a decision for another human being.
“I am making a decision for another person that's not me. What if it’s not the right one?”
The operation took a total of 14 hours and intensive physiotherapy followed, which Aiden still has regularly.
Aiden’s dad William said: “The recovery after surgery - first impression is just look rough. He was all swollen and had all these tubes connected to him and the machines attached.
“It was tough until he finally started moving around. The doctor would tickle his foot that he just operated on and he would actually move his toes around.
“And that’s when we knew that, that everything was good, it was just him healing.”
Aiden’s sister Grace was six at the time and remembers seeing him hooked up to all the machines.
Grace, now 12, said: “I remember seeing him all weird and different. When I saw him at first I was kind of weirded out because I had never seen a boy, or actually any kid, with a backward leg but I just stayed silent because obviously he was in the hospital.”
Aiden plays basketball every chance he gets at home and on his school’s team and loves to ride on his families ATV’s at home.
He said: “When I play basketball I feel good because I could beat my dad and other people like my cousins.
“I would say it’s easy to walk I guess. It’s easy to walk and do sports, except you get a lot of blisters. It is really easy to put it on and off.”
Aiden’s friend Gio Chao added: “His leg doesn’t really affect him in the ways for emotions or activities he does because he is very good at all of them, because he never gives up.”
Aiden said: “If another kid had a rotationplasty and if he falls I would tell him just get back up.
“My rotationplasty does not stop me from doing anything.”