Zion loves to speak at local schools about anti-bullying and shares his different prosthetic legs, made by Matt Bulow.
Zion Redington was born in China with one finger on each hand and one toe on each foot. At the age of six, Zion had both feet amputated due to the extent of his congenital birth defects. Being a bilateral, below-the-knee amputee has not stopped this kid. Since becoming an amputee, Zion has competed in twelve 5Ks, one 10K, and won eight gold medals and two silver medals in the 2015 Endeavor Games while competing in cycling, wheelchair basketball, track and field events and swimming. Zion is very active in ABLE Youth, Challenged Athletes Foundation sports and The Endeavor Games. Zion loves to speak at local schools about anti-bullying and shares his different prosthetic legs, made by Matt Bulow. Zion’s motto for life is, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
His unique residuum made it a challenge to come up with a plan for upper extremity prosthetic components that would benefit. Fortunately, Touch Bionics came out with pediatric sized i-digits just this year, and they were a perfect fit for Zion. It was a struggle with insurance to get Zion approved for his upper extremity prostheses, but perseverance by both Bulow OPS and Touch Bionics made this a success story.
Touch Bionics sent out the silicone material to take an impression, and then we sent them back to Touch Bionics so they could start with the positive mold. Joey Raub, CP, Zion (with his mother), and the Occupational Therapist in Nashville all traveled to Ohio two weeks later. Joey assisted with the fitting process, learning along the way how to troubleshoot for when Zion returns to Nashville. The OT worked with the onsite OT at Touch Bionics to also learn how to operate the device, and what a good plan of therapy would be moving forward.
Zion was extremely excited, and he exceeded everyone’s expectations. Touch Bionics was very impressed with how quickly he picked up using his thenar and hypothenar muscles to operate the device. He was eating with a knife and fork literally 2 hours after he donned them. Zion is the youngest person to be fit with the i-digits. Overall, it was a great experience and positive outcome. It will be exciting to see him grow into his prostheses over the years to come!