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Sydney Polmajzl: Life Affected By Fibular Hemimelia

CHS Senior Overcomes Fibular Hemimelia

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High school is a hard stage in life for everyone. For students, this is a time to find friends, know where they fit in, and decide where to go in the future. For CHS senior Sydney Pomajzl, fitting in was just another task to tackle as a student, except she had to do it with a missing limb.

Pomajzl was born with Fibular Hemimelia. Her right leg was deformed and missing the fibula bone, which caused missing ligaments and deformed toes. Fibular Hemimelia is a very rare disorder, occurring in only 1 in 40,000 births.

Throughout her life, Pomajzl has never considered her leg as a burden, and neither have her parents.

“My parents decided when I was 13 months old to have it amputated. I’d have a better quality of life,“ said Pomajzl. “They’ve never treated me any different.”

Pomajzl’s first prosthetic was given to her a couple months after her amputation. Pomajzl took her first steps in it.

“It has its ups and downs, but I’m really used to it,” said Pomajzl. “I’ve never known anything else, but it’s hard sometimes; it gets sore and it’s kind of a pain to have to deal with it, but that’s life.”

Pomajzl participated in basketball and volleyball in middle school and quit playing in high school.

“I kept braking feet during volleyball and basketball,” said Pomajzl. “It kept falling off and snapping.”

She also started golfing with her dad when she was four and took a break in middle school. She started again during her freshman year and backed away from playing volleyball and basketball.

“I’ve always liked golf,” said Pomajzl, “and it was good to do my own thing and figure out where I fit in.”

Friends and family supported her decision. Golf helped Pomajzl make upperclassmen friends, and her family was also a big encouragement.

“They [friends] helped me get used to high school, so that was really nice,” said Pomajzl.

Pomajzl’s father has pushed to improve her golf skills every year. Her mother has always been very competitive and has made sure Pomajzl is competitive in every meet.

“They’ve never told me I couldn’t do anything,” said Pomajzl. “They’ve encouraged me with whatever I want to do.”

She is also part of the NHS Board, CAN Board, and participates in church activities. She’ll be done with golf competitively after high school but will play for fun and in local tournaments. Pomajzl plans to pursue an education degree at the University of Wyoming.

 

 

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