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Teen injured in football game chooses leg amputation for more active life


Last updated 1/4/2018 at Noon

Linfield Christian Quarterback Alex Ruiz made the difficult decision to amputate his leg, but he says he sees it as the right choice, one that will allow him to be more active. Courtesy photo

Linfield Christian School football player Alex Ruiz suffered a traumatic injury while playing the game that would forever change his life and leave him with a tough decision: Whether to keep his leg and live with limited mobility, or to amputate for a chance at a more active life.

After consulting with a close network of friends and family members, the teen made the choice to amputate and live with a prosthetic.

“You never really think you’re going to go through life being an amputee,” Ruiz said, “but I think it was just time to really think about what was the best option for me g...

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