We are delighted that Amy has agreed to share her blog on this website.
I’m Amy! A 20 year old woman from the UK, and I was born with PFFD (Proximal femoral focal deficiency). I was also born with only 4 fingers on each of my hands – I’m missing my pinky fingers.
I created this blog to hopefully give an insight into the life of living with this deficiency and being an amputee.
What Is PFFD?
Proximal femoral focal deficiency (PFFD), also known as Congenital Femoral Deficiency (CFD), is a rare, non-hereditary birth defect that affects the pelvis, particularly the hip bone, and the proximal femur. The disorder may affect one side or both, with the hip being deformed and the leg shortened.
Because of this condition, I personally have had to wear a prosthetic leg from birth, and undergone operations to fix the deformed leg including having the foot amputated.
I was born with PFFD in my right leg – I had hardly any femur(almost none-existent), & I had the symes amputation and knee fusion when I was 8 years old to get a better prosthetic leg. I have been visiting the same rehabilitation centre for 19 years!
I was inspired to write this blog after reading many posts on a Facebook group for people with PFFD and amputees, and after posting myself a few times I realized that many parents of children with the deficiency, and others with the condition, had many questions and almost nowhere to find answers. This is the idea behind this blog.