Despite her best efforts, Corina Chavez often has to force Itzel to wear her prosthetic arm and cooperating with doctors. At 4 years old, Itzel is often difficult when it comes to wearing her arm, but still persists in gaining her independence. In March, Itzel fought to watch TV instead of visiting with Laura Ryder of Ryder Orthopaedics. Allie Garza/Staff
Itzel Chavez visits Ryder Orthopaedics on Tuesday, March 8, 2011. 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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