Compassionate Care

Angel Loves to Dance

Dancing Shoes

Dancing is just one way some Shriners Hospitals for Children patients choose to enjoy life and express themselves.

A baby named Angel was born with amniotic band syndrome, which led to the amputation of his right foot. When he was 1 year old, a relative recommended that the family visit Shriners Hospitals for Children — Mexico, and there, Angel received a prosthesis. To date, he has received four prostheses, which have opened him up to a whole new world of possibilities and self-expression.

Angel pictured during gym class at school.

Angel is now 9 years old, and he remembers that at one time it was difficult for him to even go from one place to another. Now, he loves to dance. “I am very happy because I like to dance a lot,” said Angel. “Many of my classmates are very surprised with my dancing.”

Angel’s father said his son learned to dance at school. “Angel has loved to dance since he was a little child, and he invented his own steps,” he said. “He dances with impressive agility.”

What does Angel love about dancing? He said he feels free and happy when he dances. It’s just one of the activities he can do thanks to his treatment at Shriners Hospitals.

“I can walk, run and also ride a bike; all this thanks to the fact that nurses, therapists and other people have helped me to be a happy and confident child at Shriners Hospitals for Children,” said Angel.

“When I grow up, I want to be a doctor and help many children born with bone problems. I want to save many lives.”