SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - The Shriners of Salt Lake City helped a young Lindon boy receive new legs. The 13 year old boy recently became a double amputee, and was told the prosthetic legs he wanted couldn't be made, but the Shriners made it happen.
When the boy started talking with Shriners Hospital about new prosthetic legs, he had a very unique design in mind. Shriners had to scale some new territory, but eventually they helped him walk on snake legs.
There's something different about 13 year old Jackson Stone of Lindon.
"I'd always have surgery on this side, I'd rarely have surgery on this side," said Jackson Stone, double amputee.
Jackson has no feet. He was born abnormalities in both legs. After years of struggling with pain and surgeries he recently decided to be a double amputee.
"That was pretty tough choice, not an average choice teenagers make," said Jackson Stone.
"We struggled over that decision for a really long time," Kara Stone, Jackson's mother.
That new choice meant wearing two prosthetics legs, and Jackson wanted his to look like snakes.
"They're like me," Jackson Stone said.
"How's that?" Reporter Brian Carlson asked.
"I have no feet, they have no feet," he said.
Snakes are part family business. A tattoo artist created the design for Jackson's dream legs, but prosthetic maker couldn't do it.
"So they brought me the art work and it was on canvas which was too heavy for me to apply the prosthesis," said Eric Green, Prosthetist.
That's when shriners stepped in.
"So I said ya know, I might be able to help," said William "Mr. Bill" Voorhies, Shriners of Salt Lake City.
William Voorhies contacted fellow Shriner Bob Shupe who runs a printing company. He put the design on surface that worked.
"Fortunately our company was able to take that need and develop it," said Bob Shupe, Past Potentate.
The prosthetic maker turned Jackson's snake legs into reality. He loves them, and his friends do too.
"They think it's really cool because a tattoo artist designed it and none of them can get tattoos," said Jackson Stone.
Meanwhile, his mom is simply grateful shriners made it happen.
"It's one of the greatest blessings my husband and I have ever received. It's been wonderful," said Kara Stone.
It's important to note not only did shriners find a way to make Jackson's snake legs. The printing company, Vision Graphics, did it for free.
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