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mercoledì 21 maggio 2008
THEY ALL LOOK AT THE LEG BEFORE LOOKING ME
Nate Smids plans to sell ads on his prosthetic leg to raise money for an upgraded prosthesis that will make it easier for him to continue guiding sea-kayaking excursions. Nate, 23, has had a couple of years to develop his unusual concept. A snowboarding accident in 2006 left him with a difficult decision to make — spending three years in and out of surgery with a slim chance of full recovery, or amputation. Smids chose amputation. Seven months after his surgery, Smids was guiding sea-kayaking trips around the world. Smids said he came up with his plan to sell advertising space on his prosthetic leg after he realized how much attention the device drew, especially when he wears shorts. "I don't know the exact number, but probably 80 per cent of people, I can see them looking at the leg before they even look me in the eyes," he said.
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