Poster Child

Emily Rapp

Emily Rapp and her story

May 10, 2013

Emily Rapp was born on July 12, 1974. She was born in Nebraska, and Grew up in Wyoming and Colorado. She was born with a birth defect and she wrote a memoir about herself when she grew up. She is famous for not only writing her memoir, but being an inspiration to others. She has been through many surgeries as a child growing up, from a wheelchair, to crutches and leg braces, to a prosthetic leg. When Emily was born with a birth defect, her left leg was amputated above the knee from the birth defect. She wears a prosthetic leg so that she is able to walk.

She tells how when she was born that she was perfectly fine, until the doctors found out that her left leg was a few inches shorter than her right leg. On May 26, 1978, a few months before her fourth birthday, she had a repeat osteotomy, and that was when her left foot was amputated to ensure a chance for a better-fitting and more aesthetic prosthesis in the future. "The nurses sang a song from the musical, Annie, as the anesthesiologist fitted the clear plastic mask over my face in the operating room and I began to count backward slowly from ten." As she woke up she noticed a girl look at her bewildered. That's when she noticed that she was paralyzed and her foot was gone. (page 22 in the book)

Vocabulary Words

-birth de·fect


A physical, mental, or biochemical abnormality that is present at birth.

-prosthetic leg

an artificial limb is a type of prosthesis that replaces a missing extremity, such as arms or legs.



Cut off (a limb), typically by surgical operation.



Concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty.



Cause (someone) to become perplexed and confused: "she seemed frightened and bewildered"; "a bewildering array of desserts".

Work Cited

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Book Project done by Natalie Stewart