Nicolai has congenital femoral deficiency, but as you’ll see in this video, he hasn’t let that stop him from being active and enjoying life! When he was younger, he had shoe lifts and then underwent a lengthening with an external fixator to correct his limb length discrepancy. By the age of 9, his natural growth had left him with a four-inch difference between his two legs that needed to be addressed. Nicolai became one of the first patients in the world to undergo internal lengthening surgery with the Precice Plate*. Over the next few months, from the comfort of home, he used a remote control that magnetically coupled with the Precice Plate to very gradually distract and stretch his newly forming bone. As you will see in the video above, he can’t wait until he can “run and run, and run, and run, and run, and run, and run!”
*Please note: The Precice Plate has been voluntarily recalled. For more details, please click here.