Before visiting Ryder Orthopaedics in March, Corina Chavez puts Itzel's prosthetic arm on while Itzel's sister, Citlali, waits. Itzel's siblings often had to accompany Itzel on trips to the doctor and rehabilitation sessions. 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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