Throughout her recovery, Itzel visits Ryder Orthopaedics in Naples for prosthetic arm fittings. During her first visit on Feb. 22, Itzel was dressed up for her "new arm." After the fitting, prosthetist Laura Ryder gave Itzel a small stuffed bear, which she took outside while standing with Miracle Limbs founder Robert Ayers. Allie Garza/Staff
After she was diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer in 2007, the family of Itzel Chavez, now 4, faced an impossible choice: Subject the child to another round of chemotherapy, straining her young body and pushing it to its limits, or a full arm amputation.
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