DRs Tell Mom To Amputate 9-Mo-Old's Legs. Years Later, Knows She Raised a Miracle


When you anticipate bringing home a new child, there are many things to consider. What will you name them? Where will they stay? What parenting methods are you going to use?

“Should I amputate my son’s legs?” is generally not on the list. In fact, it sounds pretty absurd.

For a mom named Teira Johnson, that absurd question was a terrible reality. Her child had been born with Tibial Hemimelia, and his legs had not developed tibiae.

That left Teira with an impossibly difficult choice. The doctors gave her two options: either her son Jahkee would need to go through numerous surgeries and use a wheelchair or they would need to amputate his legs.

“I just prayed about it and pray and pray and pray,” said Teira. “I didn’t know what to do.”

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And who would? At only 9 months old, Jahkee had barely experienced the world, and already his mother had to make a permanent, life-changing decision on his behalf.

After much praying, consideration, and soul-searching, Teira made the decision to have her son’s legs amputated.

Ultimately, she believed that multiple surgeries would have a detrimental effect on her son, and the repeated trials would wear him down.

“I think it would have put him in a lot of pain and he wouldn’t be who he is today if we didn’t make that decision,” she admitted.

And who is he today? A 16-year-old with a gift for music and leadership talent — he’s the assistant student director for the band and a section leader as well.

“He has no fear of the word ‘No.’ Failure? None of that bothers him,” said the proud mother. “He’s gonna try it anyway.”

“I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing,” Jahkee said of his stubbornness and determination. “I can be carrying two tuba cases and it’ll take me being on my back to give up.”

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He has since gotten prosthetics and marches with the band. Davion Battle, the director of the Cedar Grove Marching Band that Jahkee is part of, noticed his verve early on.

“Now, I don’t know how he does it,” Battle said, “but he just does it.”

“He doesn’t want your help,” he continued. “He doesn’t want you to feel sorry for him. He’s very self-independent.”

Jahkee has big plans for the future, and with his fighting spirit there’s nothing that will get in his way.

At the time of the interview he was hoping to pursue his dream of going to college and becoming a football coach, but with the support network he has and his own strength, we know he’ll do well with whatever he decides to tackle next.

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