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Maleah had her right leg amputated at 11 months due to a birth defect and has been thriving ever since thanks to prosthetic legs custom built for her at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Salt Lake City.
Beyond her abilities on the slopes through Camp Un-limb-ited, Maleah is an expert golfer and even represented her hospital at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in 2018.
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City is proud to introduce Maleah Johnson as its patient ambassador to the 2017 SHC Open. Maleah, age 15, has been a Shriners Hospital patient since 2002 when she was just a baby. She’s had one major surgery, followed by regular visits to the prosthetics and orthotics department where she is fitted every year for a new prosthetic leg. Thanks to her prosthetic, she learned to ride a bike as a kid, loves to play softball and was on a swim team for years. But her number one passion is golf! Her care has helped her stay active at Pleasant Grove High School in Pleasant Grove, Utah, where she plays on the Varity Golf Team, lettering in Varsity Golf as a freshman! Her passion began early at age 5, when she started supporting annual golf tournaments to benefit the hospital.
She’s also been involved in a number of hospital-related extra-curricular activities such as Un-limb-ited Camp where she learned how to 3-track ski and river raft. She has also been a patient ambassador representing the hospital at fundraisers by public speaking at events, and helping to share her story on the radio!
Her family is an amazing support network including her Mom Robyn, older sister Taylor, younger sister Abbie, and very involved grandparents including Grandpa Porray. Her father Scott, who recently passed away, is still a big influence in her life even though he’s no longer physically present. Maleah loves Shriners Hospitals for Children because “Shriners Hospital gives me the tools to pursue my dreams.”