Posted: Feb 2, 2010 9:36 AM by Misa Maruyama
Updated: Feb 2, 2010 9:36 AM
A New Mexico toddler is giving at least one victim of the recent Haiti earthquake a leg up...literally.
3 year-old Mylyn Beakley told her mother she wanted to help people in Haiti after she saw children without limbs on television and jumped into action. Mylyn knows what it's like to live without a limb, because she has a prosthetic leg.
Her mother Heidi Beakley was shocked. "She just went flying into her room and pulled out her leg, which I was keeping for a keepsake," she says.
Mylyn's father is a soldier in Afghanistan and recently learned Mylyn wanted to give away the leg she had outgrown. "Mylyn told him on the telephone and he was just in tears crying," recalled Beakley.
On Monday, she and her mother went to Active Life Orthotics and Prosthetics in Albuquerque, New Mexico to donate the limb so it could be shipped overseas.
The staff there considered the offering unique because a lot of children are undergoing amputations in Haiti, but there aren't as many children donating little prosthetic limbs.
Mylyn was the first child to donate a prosthetic limb to Active Life.