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California boy to get new prosthetic leg after beach theft

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A 4-year-old boy whose artificial leg was stolen while he played at a Southern California beach will soon get a replacement.

Liam Brenes of Rancho Santa Margarita left his expensive prosthetic limb on the sand over the weekend to play in some tide pools at Crystal Cove State Park in Orange County. When he returned, the leg was gone.


Friends close to the young boy's family started a GoFundMe page to help raise money to help cover the expense of getting a new leg. The page has since surpassed its $10K goal.

Liam's family has accepted a free replacement from Michael Metichecchia, an amputee who owns a prosthetics business in Palmdale. The boy was fitted for a new leg Tuesday. Metichecchia says two legs should be ready in days one for everyday use, and one to take into the water.

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