A talented ten-year-old is going viral for performing backflips – with her prosthetic leg.
JaMiyah Robinson from Columbia, South Carolina, was born with a rare condition called femoral deficiency, which made her left leg much shorter than the right.
When JaMiyah was five her mother, LaShawn Jacobs, had to make the devastating condition to have her daughter’s foot amputated. Five years later, JaMiyah is thriving as a dancer and gymnast, who can do backflips on her prosthetic limb.
Overcoming the odds: JaMiyah Robinson from Columbia, South Carolina, was born with a condition called femoral deficiency where her left leg was shorter than the right
Flipping around: The young girl was five when she got her foot amputated. Five years later, JaMiyah is showing off her skills as a dancer and gymnast
Inspirational: ‘We taught her not to say “can’t” but to always try and to keep on trying,’ JaMiyah’s mom, LaShawn Jacobs, said
‘She amazes me every day,’ LaShawn, 30, said about her daughter. She works as a a mental health technician in Columbia.
‘She’s so strong and independent, the word “can’t” isn’t even in her vocabulary.’
After the amputation JaMiyah had to work hard to gain agility with her prosthetic.
‘Having the foot amputated was such a difficult decision for me,’ LaShawn said.
‘It was very emotional. JaMiyah used to walk on her shorter leg, kind of on tip toe, but as she got older the doctors told me that I had to make a decision about what to do with her leg.
‘They told me she would have a better chance in life without the foot. As a mother is was a horrible decision to make.
‘When she first came out of the surgery she said “mom I can’t feel my toes” and I rushed to the bathroom and started crying like a big baby.
‘So my mother pulled me aside and said, “No, you can’t be like this, you have to be strong for JaMiyah.”
‘She said, “She’s not going to be a crutch on anybody and you are going to teach her how to do that.”‘
Amazing skill: JaMiyah has proven she can conquer anything with her prosthetic leg, including dance and gymnastic tricks
Fantastic: One amazing video shows JaMiyah performing backflips with her prosthetic leg
Keep on going: ‘Never say that you can’t do anything because you really can, you just have to try,’ JaMiyah said. She wants her story to help others conquer their dreams
LaShawn continued: ‘It was very hard at first, JaMiyah said she wanted her old leg back, but she soon got used to it.
‘We taught her not to say “can’t” but to always try and to keep on trying.
‘Now she does everything on her own and if you try and offer her help she says, “No, I got this.” I’m so proud of her.’
JaMiyah’s passion for dancing was ignited as a toddler when she used to make up routines with her big sister Zaniyah Dixon, 12.
Now JaMiyah performs with a troupe called the Elite Forces of Destruction that has been featured on the Lifetime channel.
‘When I watch her dance I’m like, “Wow, she’s my daughter,”‘ LaShawn said.
‘I hope that she will be inspirational to other kids with disabilities, to encourage them to try things that they think they can’t do.’
JaMiyah, who want to be a professional dancer when she grows up, said: ‘Never say that you can’t do anything because you really can, you just have to try.
‘Just reach for the stars, there is nothing you can’t do.
‘My friends at school are impressed with me, a lot of them like to take pictures with me and get autographs, it makes me feel famous, it makes me feel good to inspire other people.’