How a Nine-Year-Old Athlete Had His Life Changed

Young male athlete receiving an examination on his amputated leg by a health professional.

Special Olympics Samoa held its first Fit Feet events in April and May. Liui’a Nikosiaki, a 9 year old athlete from the village of Mutiatele Aleipata attended and had his life changed.

Liui’a was struck by a car when he was a child and had his left leg amputated. He was given crutches to walk, but as he grew older he outgrew them. His family began carrying him around town and to Special Olympics events. At Fit Feet, Liui’a was referred to a local health services provider that did measurements for an artificial leg. They also provided him with new crutches to use until he receives his new artificial leg. For Liui’a and his mom this was a proud moment.

“I felt very happy and very proud! I am no longer going to need help and crutches since with my prosthetic leg I will be able to walk straight like other kids. I will be able to enjoy playing sports.”
Liui’a Nikosiaki

His mother also commented. “I am very thankful that such an opportunity and blessing has reached our family through our son Liui'a who had great difficulties moving around. Who are we to have received such a huge blessing. Thank you, Thank you for the Healthy community program and partnership with Mobility Device Services that has made this possible.”

Recommended Content
Dionte Foster sitting in a char on the right getting fitted with his athletic prosthetic.
The Special Olympics Tennis gold medalist Dionte Foster, from St. Kitts and Nevis tried out his new prosthetic leg for the first time in Louisville, Kentucky.
1 Min Read
Athlete holding Special Olympics' promotional Fit Feet shoes signed by Bob Beamon.
Bob Beamon, Olympic Long Jump Record Holders, Helps Fit Athletes with Shoes
1 Min Read
Mame Ndiagne Ndiaye being embraced by his team mates after hearing for the first time. He has hearing aids in each ear.
At age 31, Mame Ndiagne Ndiaye, an athlete from Special Olympics Senegal, hears his is the first time.