4-Year-Old Nathan Simm of Ocean City, Spreading Limb Loss Awareness
A year ago, Nathan Simm of Ocean City stopped by Historic Studio D and shared his story with us.
Nathan and his mom, Shannon, were raising awareness of limb loss after Nathan had his leg amputated shortly after he was born.
Nathan and Shannon recently joined us in the studio to give us an update.
Shannon says there are still daily obstacles such as helping Nathan get his clothes on each day. Shannon says they are learning new things as each day passes.
“We also face other challenges,” Shannon says. “There are restrictions for what he can do at water parks and amusement parks. I always check before we go and I always make sure that I know so he isn’t stopped before getting on a ride or slide.”
Nathan has to be fitted for new prosthetic legs as he grows and he enjoys the animal pictures on his leg. He shows Jimmy and Lisa his favorite animals on his prosthetic.
Shannon spends a lot of time in Washington D.C. to spread limb loss awareness. Shannon will be going to Capital Hill soon to try and pass legislation that supports insurance fairness for amputees.
“That’s simply asking the insurers to offer a basic level of support and prosthetic care. These people with amputations, in order for them to live life, at home, in the community or at work, they need the proper medical and prosthetic care. So we need to make sure that these legislators understand that we need them to be behind us to make sure there’s no limitation,” Shannon says. “For me as his mother, and my husband as his father, our mission is, this is his future. We want him to continue to be like all the other 4-year-old children without having to fight with the insurance or without having to know there’s a limit on what we can do. We’re fighting for him and all the other amputees out there who rely on prosthetics.”
Follow Nathan’s Facebook page, Standing With Nathan.