DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — A 15-year-old Georgia teenager whose legs were amputated below the knee as an infant is overcoming adversity to play in his high school’s marching band.
Jahkee Johnson has been playing sports for years, WSB reports. With the help of special padded shoes he calls “slippers,” he’s able to move like any other student.
“We were practicing, and everyone was shocked, but they started to see and treated me like a normal person,” he said.
Suffering from a rare disease, his mother decided to have her son’s legs amputated when he was only 9 months old.
Facing a tough road ahead, Johnson has overcome a barrage of obstacles and continues to march to the beat of his own drum.
“I was trying to figure out how he was going to move around, but after a few weeks, he was moving so fast, moving around. I said let him be,” his mother said.
He said he plans to play in the marching band at a historically black college or university.