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Monday, January 14, 2008

We Can Rebuild Him

This morning the IAAF ruled against Oscar Pistorius, the so-called "Blade Runner", because his prosthesis were determined to give an unfair advantage. Also this morning, my father-in-law had his right leg amputated below the knee. This odd coincidence got me to thinking.

I do not feel sorry for Pistorius. His problem is that, like Steve Austin, his is now better than before. My father-in-law is merely wishing to regain not even normalcy but a degree of mobility he's lacked for nearly six months. A cut on a foot combined with diabetes and very poor circulation put him off his feet since August. For a while he was dispairing of ever playing golf or even walking again. So when he met the man who will build his prosthesis (who himself is missing a leg) and learned that they can get people to water-ski again, he thought playing 18 holes was doable.

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