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John Jacobs helps 15-year-old amputee with new hand

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A Frederick prosthetist is helping a 15-year-old amputee with a special gift, just in time for prom.

The dance posed an uncomfortable dilemma for Wyzhir Johnson, who attends Mardele High School in Mardela Springs, Md. He cut his hand off while helping his uncle install carpets on Christmas Eve 2010.

Thanks to a Frederick prosthetist and thousands of dollars in donations, Johnson got a new hand on Thursday.

"I won't tell you a fib, I won't say this is a good feeling one hundred percent. But-- this is something new," he said. "And that will get you along in life. So I took it as a blessing."

The accident left Johnson self-conscious and frustrated at times. "I think about someone looking at me, when they're not even looking at me!" he said.

He's thankful to John Jacobs, the Frederick doctor who helped him get a new hand.

"It does mean the world to me because it's showing me that someone else cares enough to go out and make this possible," Johnson said.

For Prom, he'll go with the girl who thinks she's not pretty enough to show affection overwhelms imperfections.

Persons wishing to support Johnson can send donations to the John Quinton Foundation c/o Special Needs Fund at 25940 Quinton Road, Mardela Springs, Md. 21837. Questions regarding the Special Needs Fund can be directed to 410-883-2509. Johnson wants to partner with the Quinton Foundation to help other children in similar situations.

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