21 - year -old New Yorker Mariah Serrano was born with a club foot painfully twisted , and yet never wear high heels with her life . He 'd attended his high school prom with golden trainer , insanely jealous of her friends wore heels . Like many other young women from New York , Mariah dreamed of a job in fashion , but it seems like his legs - the situation is going to get way too . " When I was told I would not be able to wear high heels and I should give up my dream career , I was devastated , " he said .
So when a specialist told him in 2009 that he had another option - to have his leg amputated , he seriously considered it . " Mum was horrified but I could not get the idea out of my head . 've Had to give it some serious thought . "
A club foot is an easy - childhood condition corrected by bracing or surgery . But Mariah endured five operations and wore leg braces all his life with no improvement . It came to a point where he was sick of braces and longed to wear normal shoes .
Mariah is still considered cutting when he read something that helped him make the decision . " It was not until I read an article about my favorite designer Alexander McQueen , who would have made a pair of prosthetic legs for Aimee Mullins athlete I knew what I had to do . " Mariah realized a beautifully crafted prosthetic can look good . And at that moment, she chose to chop off his legs .
In the summer of 2009 , Mariah underwent surgery to have his leg surgically removed . It was not easy for him : the post - surgery complications turned out to be a nightmare . As the wound struggled to heal , he already made his moment of regret . " I wondered what on earth I had done , " he said . " I do not want to go out and my friends will come over and see me . It was really hard . "
Later the wound healed well, and that winter , his family presented her with her first pair of heels - white Alice + Olivia basket pinagtagpi platform wedges . Mariah was thrilled . " As I teetered around the living room wearing it , I know I would have done the right thing , " he said .
I remember having Mariah learning to walk in heels . " It was good to get used to , but even girls without foot and leg problems have to learn to wear heels for the first time . " Soon he got a hang of it though , but now he owns 10 pair of high heels .
Soon after surgery , Mariah landed his dream job . He works as a social media manager in the top fashion labels Betsey Johnson . " I felt so glamorous or empowered , " he said .
Despite his success, he sometimes forgets Mariah has no legs now. "The choice to have my legs cut off is the hardest thing I've ever done. Still wake up sometimes and wonder where it is." Sometimes he leaps out of bed, forgetting that he has no legs, and falls over. He says he is still getting used to it.
The prosthetic Mariah does make sense conscious sometimes, but she learned not to take it too seriously. "My friends are always joking around with my fake leg." But he also says that his legs gave him so much more confidence and helped her achieve the life he wanted. I suppose his decision was the right one, then.