Local firm to buy prosthetic leg for teen

first_img Melissa, a sophomore at Arcadia High School, made the freshman/sophomore softball team last year and now hopes to make the junior varsity team. She has already received offers of scholarships to play softball at UCLA, and eventually wants to make it to the Olympics, she said. Wednesday, she gave a message to the culprit via several television news stations: Get a job so you don’t have to steal. Shirley Hsu can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306, or by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A local company has agreed to buy a Temple City teen a new prosthetic leg to replace the one stolen from her home Tuesday afternoon. Melissa Huff, 16, of Temple City came home Tuesday to find missing her “favorite sports leg,’ a shock-absorbing prosthetic with a flexible foot that she wears to play softball. Also taken from the home were $1,000 worth of her mother’s school fund-raising certificates and her younger brother’s video games. When employees at Rescomm Financial of Arcadia heard the story, they told their boss. The company, along with parent company Realty Executives, agreed to foot the bill for a new prosthetic, the company announced at Arcadia High School on Wednesday. “(The theft) was so vicious,’ said loan officer Tony Colon of Rescomm. “We heard about how she wants to be on the softball team, and we said, `Let’s not let this stop her. Whatever it costs, let’s replace the leg.’ ‘ AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Huffs think a replacement for the leg could cost upward of $11,000 for the foot and pole, not including the mold that fits onto her leg, and father David Huff said his insurance does not cover prosthetics. “It was my favorite sports leg,’ said Melissa, who was 13 when she was struck by a driver who lost control of a car, drove up onto a sidewalk and smashed into a building at Dana Middle School in Arcadia. Just four months after her right leg was amputated below the knee, she donned a prosthetic leg to play first base for the local Little League team. Melissa said she was grateful for the company’s donation, adding she still wouldn’t mind having her old leg back because it’s the most comfortable, she said. Pasadena-based law firm DeWitt Algorri & Algorri, which handled the Huffs’ case after the accident two years ago, has offered a $2,500 reward for anyone who brings in the stolen leg, no questions asked. The company can be reached at (626) 568-4000. And Kolman Prosthetics offered a 35-percent discount on a new leg, which runs about $16,000. last_img