Rina is 9 years old and lets nothing stand in her way! She was born with Amniotic Band Syndrome. She lost her right leg below the knee and has a malformed left foot and hand differences. She also has Tethered Cord Syndrome, which has required 3 spinal cord surgeries. This condition causes pain on a regular basis and requires daily medication for nerve pain, careful monitoring with neurosurgery and urology, as well as physical therapy.
Rina was born in Kazakhstan and was adopted at 27 months of age. Since coming home, Rina has endured 12 surgeries, including spinal surgeries, bone revisions, skin grafts, and amniotic band releases. At 9 years old, Rina has spent over a year and a half of her life recovering from surgeries. Despite all the challenges, Rina loves to help with the younger children during King’s Kids at her church and performed in her first play this past Christmas! She also participates in UCO Endeavor Games. There, she enjoys in swimming, track , archery, sitting volleyball and soccer. Rina qualified for her very first National Junior Disabilities Championships in 2015 and brought home 5 GOLD MEDALS!
Rina also loves horseback riding and has been featured as an athlete for the Challenged Athletes Foundation on their website and in printed materials! She has also been featured as a patient for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital on the hospital birthday card!
“Rina qualified for her very first National Junior Disabilities Championships in 2015 and brought home 5 GOLD MEDALS!”