Frank Brenes is “crushed” that his 4-year-old son’s prosthetic leg was stolen at a California beach over the weekend.
Brenes and his family and friends were walking the tide pools at Crystal Cove State Beach when someone snatched their things—including his son Liam’s appendage.
“Ordinarily I would be very upset. But this is even worse,” Brenes wrote on Facebook. “Not only did they grab my camera with memories I’ll never be able to recapture, but worst of all they took Liam’s leg. My four year old son is now without his leg because of these people. He is having a great attitude about it but I am crushed.”
Liam’s mother Amanda McFarland told the OC Register, “It feels like someone took a piece of your child.”
Liam was born with a rare condition called fatco syndrome, which left him with a missing fibula—the smaller of the two bones between the knee and ankle. Liam’s family said he had his leg amputated when he was one. He’s also missing two fingers, and others are webbed.
Although Liam has an old prosthetic leg, he has grown out of it and the leg is now three inches too short, according to ABC7.
A brand new prosthetic leg will cost Liam’s family thousands of dollars and take several weeks to make.
‘Shark Tank’ Star to the Rescue
Upon hearing Liam’s story on ABC 7, “Shark Tank” star Robert Herjavec contacted the station and offered to help Liam.
“It just broke my heart,” Herjavec told ABC7. “I mean, to think about what the little boy has gone through. And with everything that’s happening in the world and so much negativity, I just thought if I had the opportunity to make him grow up in an environment where he thinks there are some good people in the world, why not?”
In addition to buying a new prosthetic leg for Liam, Herjavec said he has spoken to “the folks at ABC and Disney and we’re going to arrange to have him to a VIP tour of Disney and get to go to the park and have some fun in life—because it’s good to have fun in life.”
Herjavec told ABC7 that he is confident that it would not be long before Liam gets his new prosthetic leg.
A local prosthetics company said it is willing to help Liam, too. A happy ending, indeed.