When Lilah was just a day old, she was abandoned at an orphanage in Nanchang, China. Then, on October 12, 2009 things turned around when the Mills family in Atlanta, GA adopted her. This was the beginning of a new life for Lilah, and the start of her journey with Atlanta Prosthetics and Orthotics.
Lilah is a congenital amputee and was born with bilateral fibular hemimelia, missing both of her feet. She was basically born with permanent ballet slippers on her feet and has learned to balance on the ends of her legs; just as balancing on the wooden toes of ballet slippers would feel. Since Lilah doesn’t have an ankle joint, stairs and inclines are big challenges for her. After coming to see Jim Hughes at AP&O, she was fitted with a very unique prosthesis called Symes prosthesis. This device is created with custom made feet and elastomer anatomical suspension. Lilah loves the pink shoes that are fitted on to the feet of the prosthesis, which help her gain balance and stand still.
Her father Mike says, like any other two year old, Lilah loves to copy what others are doing and is constantly on the go. She loves to do chores and help out however she can. With two brothers and one sister, a loving family forever surrounds Lilah. Despite her condition, she is still extremely active and full of life. She loves to swim and be outside. She also loves to color, and will color on pretty much anything! She has a glow about her that is contagious, and she continues to touch the lives of those who cross her path. Lilah doesn’t let anything get in her way and has the determination and spirit to fulfill all her dreams and hopes for the future.