Doctor Makes Functioning Arm for 8-Year-Old Out of His Foot
In the first surgery of its kind in the U.S., Dr. Ryan Katz of The Curtis National Hand Center at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, performed a procedure that removed a bone from Lai Ding’s second toe, including a growth plate, and used it to create a functioning hand and arm.

A Maryland surgeon completely straightened out the arm of an 8-year-old boy, who was born with a radial club, in a surgery that utilized his foot bone.Lai Ding’s genetic condition caused him to have a shortened forearm and an arm that curved at a right angle. His condition was said to be drawing unwanted attention to the boy, according to doctors. “Post-operatively, he has done great. He is walking without a limp and doing recreational activities,” Dr. Katz told “He is using his hands more and more.”