I'm the brother who chose to get a below-the-knee amputation. Ask Me Anything!
My sister just posted some pictures over on /r/pics of me before and after my amputation.This is why I got it amputated:
"He opted to have the amputation because he had been fighting a very rare bone/joint disease called Pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS), which is essentially recurring benign tumors in his ankle. He got his first radiation treatment at 21 years old.
Alongside this, he also had degenerative arthritis; so much so that when the surgeon dissected his ankle after the amputation, there was ZERO cartilage left. He had been walking bone-on-bone for a couple years now, which caused bone spurs and an incredible amount of pain (only slightly dulled by heavy narcotics).
We're not sure how this happened, but as his pain increase over the years, we started to recall just how many snowboarding, wakeboarding, and rugby injuries were on that specific ankle."
Hey guys, Ask me anything! PROOF
Edit: Wow, this has been absolutely crazy. Thank you for all the kind words, and thanks to the Fredvegas people for checking in! Also, I am 23 years old for those of you who have been asking.
Edit 2: Thank you so much Reddit!! Because so many of you have contacted UNYQ to try to buy me a prosthetic cover, UNYQ has started a Crowdtilt fund! The company will match anything that Reddit contributes. You guys have already donated enough to tilt the fund, which is so awesome! Thank you to you crazy amazing people, and to UNYQ!