Farah Abraham knows about adversity. Four years ago, when her son Ethan was born with a rare genetic disease that left him without a right tibia, Abraham made one of the most difficult decisions of her life — to save Ethan’s leg.
“When Ethan was born via C-section, my husband passed out as soon as he saw him,” recalls Abraham, who graduated from Alvernia in May with a bachelor’s degree in behavioral health. Ethan’s condition, tibial hemimelia, made his right leg crooked and four centimeters shorter than his left.
“Every doctor I saw told me I needed to amputate … but as a mother, I knew deep in my heart I could not let someone cut my baby’s leg,” she says. Plus, experience was on her side.